Definition of season in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsiːz(ə)n/


1Each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the earth’s changing position with regard to the sun.
Example sentences
  • Now most places in the world you have four seasons; winter, spring, summer, fall but not so in Barbados.
  • When I think of Earth, I think of the variety of the land we have and how it relates to the four major seasons, winter, spring, summer and autumn.
  • The following table provides a useful guide to fluctuations in pollen levels in Ireland during the spring, summer and autumn seasons.
1.1A period of the year characterized by a particular climatic feature or marked by a particular activity, event, or festivity: the rainy season the season for gathering pine needles
More example sentences
  • A variety of special articles are featured during religious festival seasons.
  • Those managing the illegal operations say that the rainy season is the peak period for removing trees from the forest.
  • Father X is not a fan of the modern season and its attendant festivities.
period, active period, time, time of year, spell, term, phase, stage
1.2A fixed time in the year when a particular sporting activity is pursued: the English cricket season is almost upon us
More example sentences
  • With the cricket season almost upon us, players all over the borough are chomping at the bit.
  • He also played on the St. Otteran's basketball team for several seasons.
  • A decade ago a peppy 10-year-old might divide his play among soccer, basketball, and baseball seasons.
1.3The time of year when a particular fruit, vegetable, or other food is plentiful and in good condition: the pies are made with fruit that is in season new season’s lamb
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  • Shiva is offered special food made from the fruits of the season, root vegetables, and coconuts, during ritual worship.
  • These trees provide fruit only during certain seasons, but last forever.
  • With half of the season already over, fruit lovers feel they have to wait till next year to enjoy the delicious mangoes.
available, obtainable, readily available/obtainable, to be had, on offer, on the market, growing, common, plentiful, abundant
1.4 (the season) A time of year traditionally adopted by the English upper classes for a series of fashionable social events.
Example sentences
  • Last night saw the social event of the season in Birmingham.
  • The inauguration is certainly shaping up to be the social event of the season.
  • Her parties were always the social event of the season.
1.5 archaic A proper or suitable time: to everything there is a season
More example sentences
  • To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun.
1.6 archaic An indefinite or unspecified period of time; a while: this most beautiful soul; who walked with me for a season in this world
More example sentences
  • Yes, human beings are allowed for a season in this world to accomplish His greater purpose.
2chiefly North American A set or sequence of related television programmes; a series: the first two seasons of the show
More example sentences
  • I just saw the third season finale, amazing, the best episode of the entire series, in my opinion.
  • During the season finale they both finally recognized the goodness and the danger inherent in each other and in themselves.
  • His danger level continues to escalate toward an explosive season cliffhanger.
3A period when a female mammal is ready to mate: the bitch can come into season at irregular intervals


[with object]
1Add salt, herbs, pepper, or other spices to (food): season the soup to taste with salt and pepper
More example sentences
  • Salt is good for seasoning food; just a little brings out the best in it.
  • Lightly oil and season the steak with salt and black pepper then cook on a hot grill or ridged grill pan.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients, plus some salt and pepper to season, and stir well until combined.
flavour, add flavouring to, add salt/pepper to, spice, add spices/herbs to
informal pep up, add zing to
1.1Add a quality or feature to (something), especially so as to make it more lively or exciting: his conversation is seasoned liberally with exclamation points and punch lines
More example sentences
  • They are also famous for seasoning their works with lots of salty sex.
enliven, leaven, add spice to, enrich, liven up, animate, augment
informal pep up, add zest/zing to
2Make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used: I collect and season most of my wood
More example sentences
  • Even well seasoned firewood can be ruined by bad storage.
  • But, if you must, please make sure it's dry, seasoned wood, and only burn in an EPA-certified wood-burning device.
  • It has for long been thought that, as wood is seasoned outdoors and turns grey, darkening the ground beneath it, harsh tannins are being leached out of the wood.
mature, age, mellow, condition, acclimatize, temper, prepare, prime, ripen



for all seasons

Suitable in or appropriate for every kind of weather: a coat for all seasons
More example sentences
  • It has to widen its spectrum catering to fabrics for all seasons.
  • It's one of her really awesome awning stripe patterns in a bucket style bag and the colors are really rich and bold, so it should be good for all seasons, not just summer.
  • Shirts for all seasons in attractive designs in light and dark shades are available in the showroom.
1.1Adaptable to any circumstance: a singer for all seasons
More example sentences
  • He was indeed a man for all seasons, but he was also a quiet unassuming gentleman.
  • But Olbrechts was clearly a man for all seasons.
  • The President's single ally in the Government was Henry Kissinger - loyal to the end and the Head of State's man for all seasons, all purposes.

in season

1(Of a fruit, vegetable, or other food) grown or available at the time of year in question: buy fruit and vegetables that are in season
More example sentences
  • A sign can explain what the variety is, where it comes from, how to prepare it, and even when it's in season.
  • Sixty years ago, orange juice came either freshly squeezed in season or canned.
  • The petits pois above all else were as green, as tender and as delicious as those eaten in season.
2(Of a female mammal) ready to mate: this system of communication works very well, especially when a female is in season
More example sentences
  • The scientists use the sterile lion as a "teaser" to determine which females are "in season" and ready to inseminate.
  • Mares tend to be 'in season' the first part of the year.
  • I think having stimulated the females to come in season, we actually had two calves this year.
3 archaic At the right or proper time: they arrive in season for the meeting
More example sentences
  • When guests arrive in season, a pleasanter evening is assured, and it shows a regard for the wishes of the hostess.

out of season

1(Of a fruit, vegetable, or other food) not grown or available at the time of year in question: oranges are out of season customer demand for out of season crops
More example sentences
  • A greenhouse has controlled temperature, humidity and light so that exotic plants can be grown outside their natural climates and produce flowers and fruits out of season.
  • Anyone with half a brain knew that persimmons were out of season.
  • Strawberries will be woefully out of season for another few months.
2At the time of year when a place is less popular or fashionable: English seaside resorts out of season famously possess a melancholy charm it had the feel of an out of season ski resort
More example sentences
  • The British Tourist Authority in Sydney can provide literature on travel and accommodation, but 'out of season' it is rare to experience any problems finding a place to 'lay your head down'.
  • The resorts become virtual ghost towns out of season.
  • Because space is limited and saturation-point quickly reached, the best time to visit the Amalfi coast is out of season.

season's greetings

Used as an expression of goodwill at Christmas or the New Year.
Example sentences
  • The Chamber of Commerce would like to extend season's greetings to all and look forward to a bumper Christmas trade in the town over the coming month.
  • Happy holidays, season's greetings, and oh, yes, merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
  • Some 1,500 leading members of Malaysia's large Christian community have received season's greetings from Abdullah.


Middle English: from Old French seson, from Latin satio(n-) 'sowing', later 'time of sowing', from the root of serere 'to sow'.

  • This is from Old French seson, from a Latin term which initially meant ‘sowing’ but which later came to mean ‘time of sowing’, from serere ‘to sow’. The sense ‘add savoury flavouring to (a dish)’ was in early use; it comes from the primary sense in Old French which was ‘to ripen, make (fruit) palatable by the influence of the seasons’.

Words that rhyme with season

reason, treason

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: sea¦son

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