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a. One of the four natural divisions of the year, spring, summer, fall, and winter, in the North and South Temperate zones. Each season, beginning astronomically at an equinox or solstice, is characterized by specific meteorological or climatic conditions.
b. The two divisions of the year, rainy and dry, in some tropical regions.
2. A recurrent period characterized by certain occurrences, occupations, festivities, or crops: the holiday season; tomato season.
3. A suitable, natural, or convenient time: a season for merriment.
4. A period of time: gone for a season.
v. sea·soned, sea·son·ing, sea·sons
1. To improve or enhance the flavor of (food) by adding salt, spices, herbs, or other flavorings.
2. To add zest, piquancy, or interest to: seasoned the lecture with jokes.
3. To treat or dry (lumber, for example) until ready for use; cure.
4. To render competent through trial and experience: a lawyer who had been seasoned by years in the trial courts.
5. To accustom or inure; harden: troops who had been seasoned in combat. See Synonyms at harden.
6. To moderate; temper.
To become usable, competent, or tempered.
in season
1. Available or ready for eating or other use.
2. Legally permitted to be caught or hunted during a specified period.
3. At the right moment; opportunely.
4. In heat. Used of animals.
out of season
1. Not available, permitted, or ready to be eaten, caught, or hunted.
2. Not at the right or proper moment; inopportunely.

[Middle English, from Old French seison, from Latin satiō, satiōn-, act of sowing, from satus, past participle of serere, to plant; see sē- in Indo-European roots.]


  1. August steamed in like the first slow day of creation —Shelby Hearon
  2. The autumnal radiance fluttered like a blown shawl over the changeless structure of the landscape —Ellen Glasgow
  3. Autumn felt as dark with life as spring —M. J. Farrell
  4. The autumn frosts will lie upon the grass like bloom on grapes of purple-brown and gold —Elinor Wylie
  5. In the spring … life, like the landscape around us, seems bigger and wider and freer, a rainbow road leading to unknown ends —Jerome K. Jerome
  6. The long gray winter settles in like a wolf feeding on a carcass —Marge Piercy
  7. March … comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb —John Ray’s Proverbs


  8. Now that it’s spring and the blossoms fall like sighs —Louis MacNeice
  9. October had come in like a lamb chop, breaded in golden crumbs and gently sautéed in a splash of blue oil —Tom Robbins
  10. October morning … sallow as a faded suntan —Jessamyn West
  11. One of those honey-warm fall days that brought out summer habits like chilled bees —Hortense Calisher
  12. The seasons shine like new coins —George Garrett

    See Also: SHINING

  13. Sleepy winter, like the sleep of death —Elinor Wylie
  14. The specter of winter hovering like a pale-winged bird —W. P. Kinsella
  15. Spring, animating and affecting us all … like a drug, a pleasant poison of annual mortal gaiety —Janet Flanner
  16. Spring arose on the garden fair, like the spirit of love felt everywhere —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  17. Spring comes like a life raft —George Starbuck
  18. Spring sunlight flowed in the streets like good news —William H. Hallhan

    See Also: SUN

  19. Spring came that year like a triumph and like a prophecy —Thomas Wolfe
  20. Summer … dropping from the sky like a blanket of steam —John Rechy
  21. Summer is like a fat beast —Wallace Stevens
  22. Winter came down like a hammer —Lawrence Durrell
  23. Winter [in Madison Square] … was tamed, like a polar bear led on a leash by a beautiful lady —Willa Cather
References in classic literature ?
Jo's bed was never alike two seasons, for she was always trying experiments.
As she stood looking out over the land some- thing, perhaps the thought of never ceasing life as it expresses itself in the flow of the seasons, fixed her mind on the passing years.
For two consecutive seasons he lived in the sunlight of Mademoiselle Duvigne's presence.
He draws his metaphors from the clouds, the seasons, the birds, the beasts, and the vegetable world.
The delicacies of the season, in short, and flavored by a brand of old Madeira which has been the pride of many seasons.
This old town of Salem -- my native place, though I have dwelt much away from it both in boyhood and maturer years -- possesses, or did possess, a hold on my affection, the force of which I have never realized during my seasons of actual residence here.
They first caught crabs and quohogs in the sand; grown bolder, they waded out with nets for mackerel; more experienced, they pushed off in boats and captured cod; and at last, launching a navy of great ships on the sea, explored this watery world; put an incessant belt of circumnavigations round it; peeped in at Behring's Straits; and in all seasons and all oceans declared everlasting war with the mightiest animated mass that has survived the flood; most monstrous and most mountainous
Marija would about as soon have expected to see the sun shut down--the huge establishment had been to her a thing akin to the planets and the seasons.
The general prevalence of agricultural pursuits of a quiet and gradual nature, not requiring those periodic seasons of hurry and pressure that are called for in the business of more southern districts, makes the task of the negro a more healthful and reasonable one; while the master, content with a more gradual style of acquisition, has not those temptations to hardheartedness which always overcome frail human nature when the prospect of sudden and rapid gain is weighed in the balance, with no heavier counterpoise than the interests of the helpless and unprotected.
I would fain be assured that I am growing apace and rankly, though my very growth disturb this dull equanimity--though it be with struggle through long, dark, muggy nights or seasons of gloom.
But one of the chief interests lay in chasing the seasons of the year up the mountain, and determining them by the presence of flowers and berries which we were acquainted with.
It 'uz de GRAN' MOGUL-- I 'uz chambermaid on her for eight seasons in de Cincinnati en Orleans trade.