Season Definition

sēzən
seasoning, seasons
noun
seasons
Any of the four arbitrary divisions of the year, characterized chiefly by differences in temperature, precipitation, amount of daylight, and plant growth; spring, summer, fall (or autumn), or winter.
Webster's New World
A time or part of the year during which a specified kind of agricultural work is done or a specified kind of weather prevails.
The harvest season, the rainy season.
Webster's New World
The two divisions of the year, rainy and dry, in some tropical regions.
American Heritage
A recurrent period characterized by certain occurrences, occupations, festivities, or crops.
The holiday season; tomato season.
American Heritage
The time when something specified flourishes, develops, takes place, or is popular, permitted, or at its best.
The opera season, the hunting season.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
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verb
seasoning, seasons
To make (food) more tasty by adding salt, spices, etc.
Webster's New World
To add zest or interest to.
To season a lecture with humor.
Webster's New World
To make more suitable for use; improve the quality of, as by aging, drying, etc.; cure; mature.
To season lumber.
Webster's New World
To give (an athlete, actor, etc.) experience to increase skill.
Many tours seasoned him as an actor.
Webster's New World
To render competent through trial and experience.
A lawyer who had been seasoned by years in the trial courts.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
  • cook plain
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idiom
in season
  • Available or ready for eating or other use.
  • Legally permitted to be caught or hunted during a specified period.
American Heritage
out of season
  • Not available, permitted, or ready to be eaten, caught, or hunted.
  • Not at the right or proper moment; inopportunely.
American Heritage
for a season
  • for a while
Webster's New World
in good season
  • early enough
Webster's New World
in season
  • available fresh for use as food
  • at the legally established time for being hunted or caught
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Season

Noun

Singular:
season
Plural:
seasons

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Season

Origin of Season

  • From Middle English sesoun, seson (“time of the year"), from Old French seson, seison (“time of sowing, seeding"), from Latin satiōnem, accusative of satiō (“act of sowing, planting") from satum, past participle of serere (“to sow, plant") from Proto-Indo-European *seh₁- (“to sow, plant"). Akin to Old English sāwan (“to sow"), Old English sÇ£d (“seed"). Displaced native Middle English sele (“season") (from Old English sÇ£l (“season, time, occasion")), Middle English tide (“season, time of year") (from Old English tÄ«d (“time, period, yeartide, season")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French seison from Latin satiō satiōn- act of sowing from satus past participle of serere to plant sē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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