What does season mean?

Definitions for season
ˈsi zənsea·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seasonnoun

    a period of the year marked by special events or activities in some field

    "he celebrated his 10th season with the ballet company"; "she always looked forward to the avocado season"

  2. season, time of yearnoun

    one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions

    "the regular sequence of the seasons"

  3. seasonverb

    a recurrent time marked by major holidays

    "it was the Christmas season"

  4. season, flavor, flavourverb

    lend flavor to

    "Season the chicken breast after roasting it"

  5. season, hardenverb

    make fit

    "This trip will season even the hardiest traveller"

  6. temper, season, mollifyverb

    make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate

    "she tempered her criticism"


  1. seasonnoun

    Each of the four divisions of a year: spring, summer, autumn and winter.

  2. seasonnoun

    A part of a year when something particular happens: mating season, rainy season, football season.

  3. seasonnoun

    That which gives relish.

    You lack the season of all natures, sleep. Shakespeare

  4. seasonnoun

    the period over which a series of Test matches are played

  5. seasonnoun

    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.

    The third season of Friends aired from 1996 to 1997.

  6. seasonverb

    To flavour food with spices, herbs or salt.

  7. seasonverb

    To make fit for any use by time or habit; to habituate; to accustom; to inure; to ripen; to mature; as, to season one to a climate.

  8. seasonverb

    Hence, to prepare by drying or hardening, or removal of natural juices; as, to season timber.

  9. seasonverb

    To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate.

  10. seasonverb

    To become dry and hard, by the escape of the natural juices, or by being penetrated with other substance; as, timber seasons in the sun.

  11. Etymology: sesoun, from seison, from sationem, accusative of satiō "act of sowing, planting" from satum, past participle of serere "to sow, plant" from seh₁-. Akin to sawan, Old English sæd. Displaced native Middle English sele (from Old English sæl), Middle English tide (from Old English tid).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SEASONnoun

    Etymology: saison, French.

    The fairest flowers o’ th’ season
    Are our carnations and streak’d gillyflowers. William Shakespeare.

    Then Summer, Autumn, Winter did appear;
    And Spring was but a season of the year. Dryden.

    We saw, in six days travelling, the several seasons of the year in their beauty. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    He’s noble, wise, judicious, and best knows
    The fits o’ th’ season. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The season prime for sweetest scents and airs. John Milton.

    At season fit let her with thee partake. John Milton.

    All business should be done betimes; and there’s as little trouble of doing it in season too, as out of season. Roger L'Estrange.

    For active sports, for pleasing rest,
    This is the time to be possest;
    The best is but in season best. Dryden.

    I would indulge the gladness of my heart!
    Let us retire: her grief is out of season. Philips.

    There is no season to which such thoughts as these are more suitable. Francis Atterbury.

    The season when to come, and when to go,
    To sing, or cease to sing, we never know. Alexander Pope.

    We’ll slip you for a season, but our jealousy
    Do’s yet depend. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    You lack the season of all natures, sleep. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

  2. To Seasonverb

    Etymology: assaissonner, French.

    Every oblation of thy meat-offering shalt thou season with salt. Lev. ii. 13.

    They seasoned every sacrifice, whereof a greater part was eaten by the priests. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    For breakfast and supper, milk and milk-pottage are very fit for children; only let them be seasoned with sugar. John Locke.

    The wise contriver,
    To keep the waters from corruption free,
    Mixt them with salt, and season’d all the sea. Richard Blackmore.

    You season still with sports your serious hours;
    For age but tastes of pleasures, youth devours. Dryden.

    The proper use of wit is to season conversation, to represent what is praiseworthy to the greatest advantage, and to expose the vices and follies of men. John Tillotson.

    Mercy is above this scepter’d sway;
    It is an attribute to God himself;
    And earthly pow’r does then shew likest God’s,
    When mercy seasons justice. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Season your admiration but a while,
    With an attentive ear, ’till I deliver
    This marvel to you. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Whatever thing
    The scythe of time mows down, devour unspar’d,
    ’Till I, in man residing, through the race
    His thoughts, his looks, words, actions, all infect,
    And season him thy last and sweetest prey. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    Secure their religion, season their younger years with prudent and pious principles. Taylor.

    Sin, taken into the soul, is like a liquor poured into a vessel; so much of it as it fills, it also seasons: the touch and tincture go together. South.

    The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark,
    When neither is attended; and, I think,
    The nightingale, if she should sing by day,
    When ev’ry goose is cackling, would be thought
    No better a musician than the wren:
    How many things by season season’d are,
    To their right praise and true perfection. William Shakespeare.

    Who in want a hollow friend doth try,
    Directly seasons him his enemy. William Shakespeare.

    We charge you, that you have contriv’d to take
    From Rome all season’d office, and to wind
    Yourself unto a power tyrannical. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The archers of his guard shot two arrows every man together against an inch board of well seasoned timber. John Hayward.

    His plenteous stores do season’d timber send;
    Thither the brawny carpenters repair. Dryden.

    A man should harden and season himself beyond the degree of cold wherein he lives. Addison.

  3. To Seasonverb

    To be mature; to grow fit for any purpose.

    Carpenters rough plane boards for flooring, that they may set them by to season. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exerc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seasonnoun

    one of the divisions of the year, marked by alternations in the length of day and night, or by distinct conditions of temperature, moisture, etc., caused mainly by the relative position of the earth with respect to the sun. In the north temperate zone, four seasons, namely, spring, summer, autumn, and winter, are generally recognized. Some parts of the world have three seasons, -- the dry, the rainy, and the cold; other parts have but two, -- the dry and the rainy

  2. Seasonnoun

    hence, a period of time, especially as regards its fitness for anything contemplated or done; a suitable or convenient time; proper conjuncture; as, the season for planting; the season for rest

  3. Seasonnoun

    a period of time not very long; a while; a time

  4. Seasonnoun

    that which gives relish; seasoning

  5. Seasonverb

    to render suitable or appropriate; to prepare; to fit

  6. Seasonverb

    to fit for any use by time or habit; to habituate; to accustom; to inure; to ripen; to mature; as, to season one to a climate

  7. Seasonverb

    hence, to prepare by drying or hardening, or removal of natural juices; as, to season timber

  8. Seasonverb

    to fit for taste; to render palatable; to give zest or relish to; to spice; as, to season food

  9. Seasonverb

    hence, to fit for enjoyment; to render agrecable

  10. Seasonverb

    to qualify by admixture; to moderate; to temper

  11. Seasonverb

    to imbue; to tinge or taint

  12. Seasonverb

    to copulate with; to impregnate

  13. Seasonverb

    to become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate

  14. Seasonverb

    to become dry and hard, by the escape of the natural juices, or by being penetrated with other substance; as, timber seasons in the sun

  15. Seasonverb

    to give token; to savor

  16. Etymology: [OE. sesoun, F. saison, properly, the sowing time, fr. L. satio a sowing, a planting, fr. serere, satum, to sow, plant; akin to E. sow, v., to scatter, as seed.]


  1. Season

    A season is a subdivision of the year, marked by changes in weather, ecology, and hours of daylight. Seasons result from the yearly revolution of the Earth around the Sun and the tilt of the Earth's axis relative to the plane of revolution. In temperate and polar regions, the seasons are marked by changes in the intensity of sunlight that reaches the Earth's surface, variations of which may cause animals to go into hibernation or to migrate, and plants to be dormant. During May, June and July, the northern hemisphere is exposed to more direct sunlight because the hemisphere faces the sun. The same is true of the southern hemisphere in November, December and January. It is the tilt of the Earth that causes the Sun to be higher in the sky during the summer months which increases the solar flux. However, due to seasonal lag, June, July and August are the hottest months in the northern hemisphere and December, January and February are the hottest months in the southern hemisphere. In temperate and subpolar regions, generally four calendar-based seasons are recognized: spring, summer, autumn and winter. However, ecologists mostly use a six season model for temperate climate regions that includes pre-spring and late summer as distinct seasons along with the traditional four.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Season

    sē′zn, n. one of the four periods of the year: the usual or proper time for anything: any particular time: any period of time, esp. of some continuance, but not long: seasoning, relish.—v.t. to mature: to prepare for use: to accustom or fit for use by any process: to fit for the taste: to give relish to: to mingle: to moderate, temper, or qualify by admixture: to inure, imbue, tinge, or taint: to preserve from decay.—v.i. to become seasoned or matured: to grow fit for use: to become inured.—adj. Sea′sonable, happening in due season: occurring in good, suitable, or proper time: timely, opportune.—n. Sea′sonableness.—adv. Sea′sonably.—adj. Sea′sonal.—adv. Sea′sonally.—n. Sea′soner, one who, or that which, seasons: a sailor, &c., who hires for the season: a loafer, a beach-comber.—Season ticket (see Ticket).—Close season, close time; In season, ripe, fit and ready for use: allowed to be killed, fit to be eaten, edible; In season and out of season, at all times; Out of season, inopportune; The four seasons, the ember or fast days of the Church on days set apart in each of the four seasons. [O. Fr. seson (Fr. saison)—L. satio, -onis, seedtime.]

Editors Contribution

  1. season

    A unit of time with a specific weather and climate in a calendar year.

    Our seasons are accurate and defined.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

  2. season

    A unit of time within a calendar year.

    The season was accurate and arrived on time.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'season' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #882

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'season' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1756

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'season' in Nouns Frequency: #365

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of season in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of season in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of season in a Sentence

  1. Mike Rizzo:

    We’re going to have to rely on our depth a little bit more now, and hopefully, when Joe is ready, he can be a part of that depth and help us out more towards the back end of the beginning of the season.

  2. Shonda Rhimes:

    But after Season 10, we had some big shifts in front of the camera, behind the camera, it became my goal to have an experience there that I could be happy and proud about, because we had so much turmoil for 10 years.

  3. Kurt Jetta:

    Out of financial necessity, the retailers doing the worst going into back-to-school season will promote the most. This would include Gap Inc( GPS.N) and Abercrombie.

  4. Roger Federer:

    I feel good, i've been training really well. I've had another great season( in 2018). I'm still happy playing, and I won the last two Australian Open editions. So yeah, I definitely should be going in there with confidence.

  5. David Alicea:

    Yes, you can make overtime, but we're putting them through the meat grinder, we're abusing them because we are short-staffed, and they are not getting their rest periods. They get laid off when fire season is over, and they choose not to come back.

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