Definition of open season in English:

Share this entry

open season

Pronunciation: /ˈōpən ˈsēzən/


[in singular]
1A period when restrictions on the hunting of certain types of wildlife are lifted.
Example sentences
  • Bluewings accounted for the bulk of birds taken, with Peach Point hunters taking about 15 mottled ducks during the brief open season.
  • Closed seasons themselves will not actually prevent a population decline unless culling levels are quite low even during the open season.
  • Further, the Commission recommended not only an annual close season but also a weekly close time during the open season.
1.1A period when all restrictions on a particular activity or product are abandoned or ignored: an hour before departure, it’s open season on all remaining seats
More example sentences
  • We need open debate, not an open season on seaside pranks.
  • Procrastinating and prevaricating in the matter would amount to sanctioning an open season on minorities.
  • Last year, it was open season on the company, but now when you look at the business as a whole, it makes it easier to concentrate on the shop floor.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: o·pen sea·son

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.