Definition of season in English:

season

Syllabification: sea·son
Pronunciation: /ˈsēzən
 
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noun

  • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    period, time, time of year, spell, term
  • 1.2A fixed time in the year when a particular sport is played: basketball season is over
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    • 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 lobster season
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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.
    Synonyms
    available, obtainable, to be had, on the market; plentiful, abundant
  • 1.4An indefinite or unspecified period of time; a while: this most beautiful soul, who walked with me for a season in this world
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    • Yes, human beings are allowed for a season in this world to accomplish His greater purpose.
  • 1.5 archaic A proper or suitable time: to everything there is a season
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    • To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun.

verb

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  • 1Add salt, herbs, pepper, or other spices to (food): season the soup to taste with salt and pepper
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    flavor, add flavoring to, add salt (and pepper) to, spice
  • 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
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    • They are also famous for seasoning their works with lots of salty sex.
    Synonyms
    enliven, leaven, spice (up), liven up
    informal pep up
  • 2Make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used.
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    • 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.

Phrases

for all seasons

Suitable in or appropriate for every kind of weather: a coat for all seasons
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  • 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.
Adaptable to any circumstance: a singer for all seasons
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  • 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.

season's greetings

Used as an expression of goodwill at Christmas or the New Year.
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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