Each of the four divisions of a year: spring, summer, autumn and winter; yeartide.
A part of a year when something particular happens: mating season'', ''rainy season'', ''football season .
- the several seasons of the year in their beauty
Mr. Pratt's Patients
, passage=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
(obsolete) That which gives relish; seasoning.
* 1599 , (William Shakespeare), (Much Ado About Nothing) ,
- O! she is fallen
- Into a pit of ink, that the wide sea
- Hath drops too few to wash her clean again,
- And salt too little which may season give
* 1605 , (Shakespeare), The Tragedy of Macbeth, III, 4
- To her foul-tainted flesh.
(cricket) The period over which a series of Test matches are played.
(North America, 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.
- You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
(obsolete) An extended, undefined period of time.
* 1656 , , The Mortification of Sin
- The third season of ''Friends'' aired from 1996 to 1997.
- 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.
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".
* high season
* in season
* low season
* mating season
* mid-season form
* open season
* out of season
* rutting season
* silly season
To flavour food with spices, herbs or salt.
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.
Hence, to prepare by drying or hardening, or removal of natural juices; as, to season timber.
To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate.
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.
(obsolete) To copulate with; to impregnate.
(en proper noun
transferred from the surname, fairly popular since the 1970s.
* 1993 , Devil's Waltz , Random House 1998, ISBN 0345460715, page 85
*: "Cassie B.," I said. "What does the B. stand for?"
*: "Brooks - that was my maiden name. It's sort of a tribute to Aunt Harriet. It's not exactly feminine, I guess. Brooke' with an e would have been more of a girl's name. Like ' Brooke Shields. But I wanted to remember Aunt Harriet."