Definition of season in English:

season

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.

    • ‘She's out to capture the gigantic and ephemeral movements of weather, seasons and daylight.’
    • ‘Now most places in the world you have four seasons; winter, spring, summer, fall but not so in Barbados.’
    • ‘Flowers, for instance, give pleasure, because they are predictors of fruit later in the season.’
    • ‘The temperate regions of southern Australia have four seasons, with cool winters and hot summers.’
    • ‘Her life in Temuka was lived in seasons and catching the food associated with that season.’
    • ‘They also learnt not to worry about quiet times in the summer as the winter season is so busy.’
    • ‘It defies the cold grip of the season by indulging in festivity.’
    • ‘We are doing different things with different foods as the season changes.’
    • ‘Let's see it sorted out before we revert to the predicted cycle of wet autumn/winter/spring seasons.’
    • ‘Greyfriars Municipal Arts Gallery is changing its opening hours for the autumn season.’
    • ‘This meant that the Native Americans were no longer ruled by the seasons when planning their food supply.’
    • ‘But it's both the changing seasons and special events that bring repeat visitors.’
    • ‘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 species change with the seasons and conditions.’
    • ‘We may still be in the season of spring but summer faithfully follows and forward planning is all important.’
    • ‘The following table provides a useful guide to fluctuations in pollen levels in Ireland during the spring, summer and autumn seasons.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, meteorologists predicted typical for the winter season weather in January.’
    • ‘The fruit of apple trees can prove invaluable to different species of wildlife throughout the autumn and winter seasons.’
    • ‘Further, grizzly bear switch resource preferences as the spring, summer, and autumn seasons progress.’
    • ‘We are two-thirds of the way through the winter season without any cold weather or significant snowfall.’
    1. 1.1 A 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’
      • ‘Father X is not a fan of the modern season and its attendant festivities.’
      • ‘The rainy season has already begun, making access to displaced families increasingly difficult.’
      • ‘In this tropical climate, there is a rainy, monsoon season from May to October.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In areas where growing seasons are short, bloom seasons are also short.’
      • ‘Some birds may remain paired year round, but pair bonds typically last a single breeding season.’
      • ‘This season's highlights include events that people have been looking forward to for years.’
      • ‘Vegetation, on the other hand, can follow the climatic seasons.’
      • ‘And straight ahead, it's been a disastrous hurricane season so far, and it's not over yet.’
      • ‘Based on previous years' statistics, the coming summer holiday season will see dozens more.’
      • ‘Is this really the best thing Foer has to do during one of the biggest events of the campaign season?’
      • ‘The drama of Holy Week stands squarely between the seasons of Lent and Easter.’
      • ‘Annuals are flowers that bloom only once; their whole lifetime lasts just one growing season.’
      • ‘The season of festive goodwill to all men produces a bonanza for family lawyers.’
      • ‘The culminating night of the season will also feature a fireworks spectacular.’
      • ‘New anti-terrorism measures will increase security costs just as the peak summer travel season approaches.’
      • ‘By contrast, Alias has built an entire season around the blessed event.’
      • ‘How much money do you plan to spend this upcoming holiday season?’
      • ‘How bad is this year's flu season going to be?’
      period, active period, time, time of year, spell, term, phase, stage
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    2. 1.2 A fixed time in the year when a particular sporting activity is pursued:
      ‘the English cricket season is almost upon us’
      • ‘With the cricket season almost upon us, players all over the borough are chomping at the bit.’
      • ‘In this extraordinary year, five teams finished the regular season undefeated.’
      • ‘The Quebec native is a classic specialist and won one of the U.S. National Championship events a few seasons ago.’
      • ‘Of course, he's only 26 with one Winston Cup season under his belt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He spent his first two seasons at left tackle.’
      • ‘Still, there was plenty of time to get an athletic scholarship since basketball and soccer seasons were coming up.’
      • ‘Newberry has won at least one national event in 21 different seasons throughout his drag racing career.’
      • ‘The high school basketball season is not even two weeks old and already Phil Ens' strategy has blown up in his face.’
      • ‘When the idea of a Seniors Tour was first suggested it was felt that 18 events a season would be right.’
      • ‘He returns to the Lions after leading the league last season with 18 wins.’
      • ‘Meanwhile Skipton and North Ribblesdale ended disappointing league seasons with defeat.’
      • ‘The Mavericks are the only team to have a probable chance to finish the regular season with 60 victories.’
      • ‘Last year, Ford put together one of the finest rookie seasons in college basketball history.’
      • ‘The first boxing event of the new season organised by Skipton Boxing Club was staged in the town hall.’
      • ‘The kart racing winter season starts next month and Thomas will be taking part in a full list of events.’
      • ‘Segui has missed more than 200 games the past two seasons with injuries.’
      • ‘He set four course records and equaled another in four seasons of racing.’
      • ‘He reprised that role last year, improving in confidence as the season progressed.’
    3. 1.3 The 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’
      • ‘Shiva is offered special food made from the fruits of the season, root vegetables, and coconuts, during ritual worship.’
      • ‘Right now the new season's lamb is available from the south of England.’
      • ‘We need to extend the season for local foods in cold climates with preservation.’
      • ‘There has been much back slapping and praise over the fact that we have grown enough food this farming season.’
      • ‘I am quite tough with myself when it comes to eating food out of season.’
      • ‘Scented spring white wines work wonderfully well with the new season's vegetables’
      • ‘You know you've reached the peak of the garden vegetable season when the runner beans arrive.’
      • ‘These trees provide fruit only during certain seasons, but last forever.’
      • ‘He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.’
      • ‘Severe stress early in the season can reduce fruit set, and later stress reduces berry size.’
      • ‘The fruit season can be from June through March with the highest yield from August to December.’
      • ‘The months slid by and the frozen fruit was still waiting when this season's fruit arrived at the greengrocer.’
      • ‘This is when the fruit of the previous seasons is harvested.’
      • ‘Here, we look at four foods just coming into season, and why they should be part of your early summer diet.’
      • ‘We shift the menu around to accommodate the best food of the season.’
      • ‘With half of the season already over, fruit lovers feel they have to wait till next year to enjoy the delicious mangoes.’
      • ‘The best vegetables are coming into season, I love sprouts, parsnips, swede, squash and pumpkins.’
      • ‘Most of the striking laborers are young people from Quebec and other provinces who come for the fruit picking season.’
      • ‘Potted peppers often have a tendency to dry out faster, drop blossoms and even stop producing fruit after a few seasons.’
      • ‘Their diet changes with the seasons as different food sources become available.’
      available, obtainable, readily available, readily obtainable, to be had, on offer, on the market, growing, common, plentiful, abundant
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    4. 1.4the season A time of year traditionally adopted by the English upper classes for a series of fashionable social events.
      • ‘Which was the reason why I still went to balls and the social functions of the season.’
      • ‘Her parties were always the social event of the season.’
      • ‘The inauguration is certainly shaping up to be the social event of the season.’
      • ‘Last night saw the social event of the season in Birmingham.’
    5. 1.5archaic A proper or suitable time:
      ‘to everything there is a season’
      • ‘To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun.’
    6. 1.6archaic An indefinite or unspecified period of time; a while:
      ‘this most beautiful soul; who walked with me for a season in this world’
      • ‘Yes, human beings are allowed for a season in this world to accomplish His greater purpose.’
  • 2North American A set or sequence of related television programmes; a series:

    ‘the first two seasons of the show’
    • ‘The big seventh season cliffhanger finds its resolution here, on a two-part hour-long episode.’
    • ‘This two-part episode aired several months after the season cliffhanger.’
    • ‘Even after watching an entire season of this show, I'm still not sure why Jesse is supposed to be such a draw for viewers.’
    • ‘The first five seasons have aired periodically in the US, and now they're available on DVD.’
    • ‘His danger level continues to escalate toward an explosive season cliffhanger.’
    • ‘A fourth season hasn't aired yet in Britain, and the final episodes of this season close off the characters quite nicely.’
    • ‘I never dropped back into the show while its first season was airing.’
    • ‘During the season finale they both finally recognized the goodness and the danger inherent in each other and in themselves.’
    • ‘For the show's fan base, those who remember it from back when, it's great to have the entire season on disc.’
    • ‘I've watched five entire seasons of the show in the course of these reviews, viewing every minute of every episode.’
    • ‘I just saw the third season finale, amazing, the best episode of the entire series, in my opinion.’
    • ‘Good writing attracts talent, and the show's second season features a lot of notable guest stars.’
  • 3A period when a female mammal is ready to mate:

    ‘the bitch can come into season at irregular intervals’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Add salt, herbs, pepper, or other spices to (food):

    ‘season the soup to taste with salt and pepper’
    • ‘The grilled pork is excellent, with a hint of charcoal coming through the chopped pieces of lightly seasoned meat.’
    • ‘The meat was nicely seasoned, but too dry.’
    • ‘Lightly oil and season the steak with salt and black pepper then cook on a hot grill or ridged grill pan.’
    • ‘The next day finely dice the tomatoes and add the remaining ingredients seasoning to taste.’
    • ‘Arab Americans have a distinctive cuisine centered on lamb, rice, bread, and highly seasoned dishes.’
    • ‘Dishes are seasoned heavily with local spices.’
    • ‘Stir in the remaining ingredients, plus some salt and pepper to season, and stir well until combined.’
    • ‘Seasoned well with fiery spices, vanilla and vibrant tannins, it also manages to be exceptionally smooth.’
    • ‘Among the main dietary staples in Eritrea is a flatbread eaten with a stew seasoned with pepper.’
    • ‘Most food is highly seasoned, and soups are commonly served with dumplings.’
    • ‘Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside, keeping warm.’
    • ‘Seafood dishes, including shrimp, are popular, often served with rice and seasoned with spices.’
    • ‘Toss the venison in the flour which you have seasoned lightly with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘The champ mash is a rich mixture of potato, cream, butter and scallions, well seasoned with pepper.’
    • ‘Salt is good for seasoning food; just a little brings out the best in it.’
    • ‘Stir in the thyme, lemon zest and parsley and toss together, seasoning well with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘Season with ground cumin, black pepper and garlic.’
    • ‘Food is fried in mustard oil and liberally seasoned with garlic, onions, and fresh ginger.’
    • ‘Lamb is great marinated in wine or seasoned with garlic and rosemary.’
    • ‘Broken into a bowl, two eggs seasoned with salt and pepper are briefly but strenuously beaten.’
    flavour, add flavouring to, add pepper to, add salt to, spice, add herbs to, add spices to
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    1. 1.1 Add 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’
      • ‘They are also famous for seasoning their works with lots of salty sex.’
      enliven, leaven, add spice to, enrich, liven up, animate, augment
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  • 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’
    • ‘The main criteria is that the wood has been seasoned fairly slowly.’
    • ‘Even well seasoned firewood can be ruined by bad storage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you are going to use the tree for firewood it must be seasoned properly.’
    • ‘The damper is always open, the wood seems well seasoned and dry.’
    • ‘The most thing that makes a difference to emissions is whether you use green wood or seasoned wood.’
    • ‘But, if you must, please make sure it's dry, seasoned wood, and only burn in an EPA-certified wood-burning device.’
    • ‘Oak trees on the estate were felled and seasoned to provide the massive beams for the timber-framed construction.’
    • ‘Have your chimney swept regularly, use a fire screen, and burn only seasoned wood.’
    • ‘It is best to burn only seasoned wood for maximum heat release, less creosote buildup, and economy.’
    • ‘If you are buying logs for immediate use make sure that your supplier can give you an assurance that the wood has been seasoned.’
    • ‘Since wood is seasoned before use, the time between felling and working must be added in order to arrive at a probable dating for the object.’
    • ‘Teak wood is considered superior to other types of hard woods because once it is weathered and seasoned, it takes a lot to crack, split, shrink or alter the shape of teak wood.’
    mature, age, mellow, condition, acclimatize, temper, prepare, prime, ripen
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

season

/ˈsiːz(ə)n/