(1)   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"
(2)   A recurrent time marked by major holidays
"It was the Christmas season"
(3)   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"


(4)   Make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate
"She tempered her criticism"
(5)   Make fit
"This trip will season even the hardiest traveller"
(6)   Lend flavor to
"Season the chicken breast after roasting it"


From Old English sesoun, French saison, (meaning properly, the sowing time), from Latin satio (meaning a sowing, a planting), from serere, satum, (to sow, plant); akin to English sow, (meaning to scatter, as seed).


  1. Each of the four divisions of a year: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
  2. A part of a year when something particular happens: mating season, rainy season, football season.
  3. That which gives relish.
    You lack the season of all natures, sleep. Shakespeare
  4. the period over which a series of test matches are played
  5. 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.

Usage notes

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

Related terms

  • unseasonally
  • seasonable
  • unseasonable
  • unseasonably


  1. To flavour food with spices, herbs or salt.
  2. 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.
  3. Hence, to prepare by drying or hardening, or removal of natural juices; as, to season timber.
  4. To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate.
  5. 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.