Definitions for: Season

[n] 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"
[n] a recurrent time marked by major holidays; "it was the Christmas season"
[n] a period of the year marked by special events or activities in some field; "he celebrated his 10th season with the ballet company" or"she always looked forward to the avocado season"
[v] make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate; "she tempered her criticism"
[v] make fit; "This trip will season even the hardiest traveller"
[v] lend flavor to; "Season the chicken breast after roasting it"

Webster (1913) Definition: Sea"son, n. [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
1. 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.

The several seasons of the year in their beauty.

2. 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.

The season, prime for sweetest scents and airs.

3. A period of time not very long; a while; a time.

Thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a
season. --Acts xiii.

4. That which gives relish; seasoning. [Obs.]

You lack the season of all natures, sleep. --Shak.

In season, in good time, or sufficiently early for the

Out of season, beyond or out of the proper time of the
usual or appointed time.

Sea"son, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seasoned; p. pr. & vb.
n. Seasoning.]
1. To render suitable or appropriate; to prepare; to fit.

He is fit and seasoned for his passage. --Shak.

2. 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.

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

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

5. Hence, to fit for enjoyment; to render agrecable.

You season still with sports your serious hours.

The proper use of wit is to season conversation.

6. To qualify by admixture; to moderate; to temper. ``When
mercy seasons justice.'' --Shak.

7. To imbue; to tinge or taint. ``Who by his tutor being
seasoned with the love of the truth.'' --Fuller.

Season their younger years with prudent and pious
principles. --Jer. Taylor.

8. To copulate with; to impregnate. [R.] --Holland.

Sea"son, v. i.
1. To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted
to a climate.

2. 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.

3. To give token; to savor. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

Synonyms: flavor, flavour, harden, mollify, temper, time of year

See Also: Advent, Allhallowtide, autumn, baseball season, basketball season, Christmas, Christmastide, Christmastime, curry, dry season, Eastertide, exhibition season, fall, fishing season, football season, growing season, harvest, harvest time, haying, haying time, high season, hockey season, holiday season, hunting season, Lammastide, Lent, Lententide, Michaelmastide, Noel, off-season, peak season, period, period of time, preseason, rainy season, resinate, salt, sauce, savor, savour, seedtime, sheepshearing, Shrovetide, social season, spice, spice up, spring, springtime, summer, summertime, taste, theatrical season, time period, toughen, Twelfthtide, weaken, Whitsun, Whitsuntide, Whitweek, winter, wintertime, year, Yule, Yuletide

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