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season definition


This page has 15 definitions of season in English. Season is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use season in a sentence are shown. Also define these 41 related words and terms: year, spring, summer, autumn, fall, winter, yeartide, yeartime, relish, cricket, period, series, Test match, Canada, American English, broadcasting, video game, downloadable, content, season pass, massively multiplayer online game, fit, habituate, accustom, inure, prepare, dry, harden, removal, juice, mature, hard, mingle, admixture, copulate, impregnate, flavour, food, spice, herb, and salt.



Etymology 1

From Middle English sesoun, seson (time of the year), from Old French seson, saison (time of sowing, seeding), from Latin satiō (act of sowing, planting) from satum, past participle of serō (to sow, plant) from Proto-Indo-European *seh₁- (to sow, plant). Akin to Old English wan (to sow), sǣd (seed). Displaced native Middle English sele (season) (from Old English sǣl (season, time, occasion)), Middle English tide (season, time of year) (from Old English tīd (time, period, yeartide, season)).


season (plural seasons)

  1. Each of the four divisions of a year: spring, summer, autumn (fall) and winter
    Synonyms: yeartide, yeartime
    • c. 1705, Joseph Addison, Remarks on several parts of Italy, &c. in the years 1701, 1702, 1703
      we saw, in six days' traveling, the several seasons of the year in their beauty and perfection
    • 1973, Jaques Brel (original version), Rod McKuen (lyrics), “Seasons in the Sun”, performed by Terry Jacks:
      We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun, / But the wine and the song, / like the seasons, have all gone.
    • Summer definition
      One of four seasons, traditionally the second, marked by the longest and typically hottest days of the year due to the inclination of the Earth and thermal lag. Typically regarded as being from June 21 to September 22 or 23 in parts of the USA, the months of June, July and August in the United Kingdom and the months of December, January and February in the Southern Hemisphere. (1 of 3 summer definitions)
    • Fall definition
      The act of moving to a lower position under the effect of gravity. (1 of 15 fall definitions)
    • Winter definition
      Traditionally the fourth of the four seasons, typically regarded as being from December 23 to March 20 in continental regions of the Northern Hemisphere or the months of June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the time when the sun is lowest in the sky, resulting in short days, and the time of year with the lowest atmospheric temperatures for the region. (1 of 4 winter definitions)
  2. A part of a year when something particular happens
    mating season
    the rainy season
    the football season
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.
  3. (obsolete) That which gives relish; seasoning.
  4. (cricket) The period over which a series of Test matches are played.
  5. (Canada, US, broadcasting) A group of episodes of a television or radio program broadcast in regular intervals with a long break between each group, usually with one year between the beginning of each.
    Synonym: series (British English)
    The third season of Friends aired from 1996 to 1997.
    • Broadcasting definition
      Sending in all directions.
  6. (archaic) An extended, undefined period of time.
    • 1656, John Owen, The Mortification of Sin
      So it is in a person when a breach hath been made upon his conscience, quiet, perhaps credit, by his lust, in some eruption of actual sin; — carefulness, indignation, desire, fear, revenge are all set on work about it and against it, and lust is quiet for a season, being run down before them; but when the hurry is over and the inquest is past, the thief appears again alive, and is as busy as ever at his work.
  7. (video games) The full set of downloadable content for a game, which can be purchased with a season pass.
    • Downloadable definition
      Capable of being downloaded.
  8. (video games) A fixed period of time in a massively multiplayer online game in which new content (themes, rules, modes, etc.) becomes available, sometimes replacing earlier content.
Usage notes

In British English, a year-long group of episodes of a television or radio show is called a series, whereas in North American English the word series is a synonym of program or show.

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See also
Seasons in English · seasons (layout · text)
spring summer fall, autumn winter


season (third-person singular simple present seasons, present participle seasoning, simple past and past participle seasoned)

  1. (transitive) To make fit for any use by time or habit; to habituate; to accustom; to inure.
    to season oneself to a climate
    • Accustom definition
      To make familiar by use; to cause to accept; to habituate, familiarize, or inure. [+ to (object)] (1 of 3 accustom definitions)
    • Inure definition
      To cause someone to become accustomed to something (usually) unpleasant. (1 of 3 inure definitions)
  2. (transitive, by extension) To prepare by drying or hardening, or removal of natural juices.
    The timber needs to be seasoned.
    • Juice definition
      A liquid from a plant, especially fruit. (1 of 14 juice definitions)
  3. (intransitive) To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate.
  4. (intransitive) To become dry and hard, by the escape of the natural juices, or by being penetrated with other substance.
    The wood has seasoned in the sun.
    • Hard definition
      Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.
      1. Resistant to pressure. (1 of 28 hard definitions)
  5. (transitive) To mingle: to moderate, temper, or qualify by admixture.
  6. (obsolete) To copulate with; to impregnate.
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Etymology 2

From French assaisonner.


season (third-person singular simple present seasons, present participle seasoning, simple past and past participle seasoned)

  1. (transitive) To flavour food with spices, herbs or salt.
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