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.

    • ‘They also learnt not to worry about quiet times in the summer as the winter season is so busy.’
    • ‘Further, grizzly bear switch resource preferences as the spring, summer, and autumn seasons progress.’
    • ‘The fruit of apple trees can prove invaluable to different species of wildlife throughout the autumn and winter seasons.’
    • ‘Her life in Temuka was lived in seasons and catching the food associated with that season.’
    • ‘We are two-thirds of the way through the winter season without any cold weather or significant snowfall.’
    • ‘Let's see it sorted out before we revert to the predicted cycle of wet autumn/winter/spring seasons.’
    • ‘Flowers, for instance, give pleasure, because they are predictors of fruit later in the season.’
    • ‘We may still be in the season of spring but summer faithfully follows and forward planning is all important.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This meant that the Native Americans were no longer ruled by the seasons when planning their food supply.’
    • ‘We are doing different things with different foods as the season changes.’
    • ‘The temperate regions of southern Australia have four seasons, with cool winters and hot summers.’
    • ‘She's out to capture the gigantic and ephemeral movements of weather, seasons and daylight.’
    • ‘The following table provides a useful guide to fluctuations in pollen levels in Ireland during the spring, summer and autumn seasons.’
    • ‘Greyfriars Municipal Arts Gallery is changing its opening hours for the autumn season.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, meteorologists predicted typical for the winter season weather in January.’
    • ‘But it's both the changing seasons and special events that bring repeat visitors.’
    • ‘It defies the cold grip of the season by indulging in festivity.’
    • ‘The species change with the seasons and conditions.’
    • ‘Now most places in the world you have four seasons; winter, spring, summer, fall but not so in Barbados.’
    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’
      • ‘How bad is this year's flu season going to be?’
      • ‘In this tropical climate, there is a rainy, monsoon season from May to October.’
      • ‘How much money do you plan to spend this upcoming holiday season?’
      • ‘The season of festive goodwill to all men produces a bonanza for family lawyers.’
      • ‘The drama of Holy Week stands squarely between the seasons of Lent and Easter.’
      • ‘The culminating night of the season will also feature a fireworks spectacular.’
      • ‘By contrast, Alias has built an entire season around the blessed event.’
      • ‘Annuals are flowers that bloom only once; their whole lifetime lasts just one growing season.’
      • ‘Based on previous years' statistics, the coming summer holiday season will see dozens more.’
      • ‘Some birds may remain paired year round, but pair bonds typically last a single breeding season.’
      • ‘Father X is not a fan of the modern season and its attendant festivities.’
      • ‘And straight ahead, it's been a disastrous hurricane season so far, and it's not over yet.’
      • ‘Is this really the best thing Foer has to do during one of the biggest events of the campaign season?’
      • ‘Those managing the illegal operations say that the rainy season is the peak period for removing trees from the forest.’
      • ‘Vegetation, on the other hand, can follow the climatic seasons.’
      • ‘New anti-terrorism measures will increase security costs just as the peak summer travel season approaches.’
      • ‘In areas where growing seasons are short, bloom seasons are also short.’
      • ‘This season's highlights include events that people have been looking forward to for years.’
      • ‘A variety of special articles are featured during religious festival seasons.’
      • ‘The rainy season has already begun, making access to displaced families increasingly difficult.’
      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 sport is played.
      ‘basketball season is over’
      • ‘He returns to the Lions after leading the league last season with 18 wins.’
      • ‘Newberry has won at least one national event in 21 different seasons throughout his drag racing career.’
      • ‘The Mavericks are the only team to have a probable chance to finish the regular season with 60 victories.’
      • ‘He also played on the St. Otteran's basketball team for several seasons.’
      • ‘The high school basketball season is not even two weeks old and already Phil Ens' strategy has blown up in his face.’
      • ‘With the cricket season almost upon us, players all over the borough are chomping at the bit.’
      • ‘The Quebec native is a classic specialist and won one of the U.S. National Championship events a few seasons ago.’
      • ‘He spent his first two seasons at left tackle.’
      • ‘Meanwhile Skipton and North Ribblesdale ended disappointing league seasons with defeat.’
      • ‘Still, there was plenty of time to get an athletic scholarship since basketball and soccer seasons were coming up.’
      • ‘In this extraordinary year, five teams finished the regular season undefeated.’
      • ‘Segui has missed more than 200 games the past two seasons with injuries.’
      • ‘When the idea of a Seniors Tour was first suggested it was felt that 18 events a season would be right.’
      • ‘Of course, he's only 26 with one Winston Cup season under his belt.’
      • ‘He set four course records and equaled another in four seasons of racing.’
      • ‘The first boxing event of the new season organised by Skipton Boxing Club was staged in the town hall.’
      • ‘Last year, Ford put together one of the finest rookie seasons in college basketball history.’
      • ‘He reprised that role last year, improving in confidence as the season progressed.’
      • ‘The kart racing winter season starts next month and Thomas will be taking part in a full list of events.’
      • ‘A decade ago a peppy 10-year-old might divide his play among soccer, basketball, and baseball seasons.’
    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’
      ‘lobster season’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The best vegetables are coming into season, I love sprouts, parsnips, swede, squash and pumpkins.’
      • ‘With half of the season already over, fruit lovers feel they have to wait till next year to enjoy the delicious mangoes.’
      • ‘We shift the menu around to accommodate the best food of the season.’
      • ‘We need to extend the season for local foods in cold climates with preservation.’
      • ‘He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.’
      • ‘These trees provide fruit only during certain seasons, but last forever.’
      • ‘Severe stress early in the season can reduce fruit set, and later stress reduces berry size.’
      • ‘There has been much back slapping and praise over the fact that we have grown enough food this farming season.’
      • ‘The months slid by and the frozen fruit was still waiting when this season's fruit arrived at the greengrocer.’
      • ‘Shiva is offered special food made from the fruits of the season, root vegetables, and coconuts, during ritual worship.’
      • ‘The fruit season can be from June through March with the highest yield from August to December.’
      • ‘I am quite tough with myself when it comes to eating food out of season.’
      • ‘Their diet changes with the seasons as different food sources become available.’
      • ‘You know you've reached the peak of the garden vegetable season when the runner beans arrive.’
      • ‘Scented spring white wines work wonderfully well with the new season's vegetables’
      • ‘Here, we look at four foods just coming into season, and why they should be part of your early summer diet.’
      • ‘This is when the fruit of the previous seasons is harvested.’
      • ‘Right now the new season's lamb is available from the south of England.’
      available, obtainable, readily available, readily obtainable, to be had, on offer, on the market, growing, common, plentiful, abundant
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    4. 1.4archaic 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.’
    5. 1.5archaic 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 programs.

    ‘the first two seasons of the show’
    • ‘During the season finale they both finally recognized the goodness and the danger inherent in each other and in themselves.’
    • ‘The first five seasons have aired periodically in the US, and now they're available on DVD.’
    • ‘A fourth season hasn't aired yet in Britain, and the final episodes of this season close off the characters quite nicely.’
    • ‘Good writing attracts talent, and the show's second season features a lot of notable guest stars.’
    • ‘This two-part episode aired several months after the season cliffhanger.’
    • ‘The big seventh season cliffhanger finds its resolution here, on a two-part hour-long episode.’
    • ‘His danger level continues to escalate toward an explosive season cliffhanger.’
    • ‘For the show's fan base, those who remember it from back when, it's great to have the entire season on disc.’
    • ‘I never dropped back into the show while its first season was airing.’
    • ‘I've watched five entire seasons of the show in the course of these reviews, viewing every minute of every episode.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I just saw the third season finale, amazing, the best episode of the entire series, in my opinion.’
  • 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’
    • ‘Broken into a bowl, two eggs seasoned with salt and pepper are briefly but strenuously beaten.’
    • ‘Stir in the remaining ingredients, plus some salt and pepper to season, and stir well until combined.’
    • ‘Lamb is great marinated in wine or seasoned with garlic and rosemary.’
    • ‘Most food is highly seasoned, and soups are commonly served with dumplings.’
    • ‘Stir in the thyme, lemon zest and parsley and toss together, seasoning well with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘The meat was nicely seasoned, but too dry.’
    • ‘Dishes are seasoned heavily with local spices.’
    • ‘The next day finely dice the tomatoes and add the remaining ingredients seasoning to taste.’
    • ‘Seafood dishes, including shrimp, are popular, often served with rice and seasoned with spices.’
    • ‘The grilled pork is excellent, with a hint of charcoal coming through the chopped pieces of lightly seasoned meat.’
    • ‘Salt is good for seasoning food; just a little brings out the best in it.’
    • ‘Among the main dietary staples in Eritrea is a flatbread eaten with a stew seasoned with pepper.’
    • ‘Seasoned well with fiery spices, vanilla and vibrant tannins, it also manages to be exceptionally smooth.’
    • ‘Food is fried in mustard oil and liberally seasoned with garlic, onions, and fresh ginger.’
    • ‘The champ mash is a rich mixture of potato, cream, butter and scallions, well seasoned with pepper.’
    • ‘Toss the venison in the flour which you have seasoned lightly with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘Arab Americans have a distinctive cuisine centered on lamb, rice, bread, and highly seasoned dishes.’
    • ‘Lightly oil and season the steak with salt and black pepper then cook on a hot grill or ridged grill pan.’
    • ‘Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside, keeping warm.’
    • ‘Season with ground cumin, black pepper and garlic.’
    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.

    • ‘The main criteria is that the wood has been seasoned fairly slowly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oak trees on the estate were felled and seasoned to provide the massive beams for the timber-framed construction.’
    • ‘The damper is always open, the wood seems well seasoned and dry.’
    • ‘But, if you must, please make sure it's dry, seasoned wood, and only burn in an EPA-certified wood-burning device.’
    • ‘Even well seasoned firewood can be ruined by bad storage.’
    • ‘The most thing that makes a difference to emissions is whether you use green wood or seasoned wood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is best to burn only seasoned wood for maximum heat release, less creosote buildup, and economy.’
    • ‘Have your chimney swept regularly, use a fire screen, and burn only seasoned wood.’
    • ‘If you are going to use the tree for firewood it must be seasoned properly.’
    • ‘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 buying logs for immediate use make sure that your supplier can give you an assurance that the wood has been seasoned.’
    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

/ˈsēzən/