season

[ see-zuhn ]
/ ˈsi zən /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become seasoned, matured, hardened, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. seasickness,
  2. seaside,
  3. seaside knotweed,
  4. seaside sparrow,
  5. seasnail,
  6. season creep,
  7. season ticket,
  8. seasonable,
  9. seasonal,
  10. seasonal affective disorder

Idioms

Origin of season

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English sesoun, seson < Old French se(i)son < Latin satiōn- (stem of satiō) a sowing (Vulgar Latin: sowing time), equivalent to sa- (variant stem of serere to sow) + -tiōn- -tion; (v.) Middle English seso(u)nen < Old French saisonner to ripen, make palatable by aging, derivative of seison

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British Dictionary definitions for in season

season

/ (ˈsiːzən) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsseasoned, adjectiveseasoner, nounseasonless, adjective

Word Origin for season

C13: from Old French seson, from Latin satiō a sowing, from serere to sow

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Word Origin and History for in season
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Science definitions for in season

season

[ sēzən ]

One of four natural divisions of the year-spring, summer, autumn, and winter-in temperate zones. Each season has its own characteristic weather and lasts approximately three months. The change in the seasons is brought about by the shift in the angle at which the Sun's rays strike the Earth. This angle changes as the Earth orbits in its yearly cycle around the Sun due to the tilt of the Earth's axis. For example, when the northern or southern hemisphere of the Earth is at an angle predominantly facing the Sun and has more daylight hours of direct, overhead sunlight than nighttime hours, it is in its summer season; the opposite hemisphere is in then opposite condition and is in its winter season. See also equinox solstice.
In some tropical climates, either of the two divisions-rainy and dry-into which the year is divided. These divisions are defined on the basis of levels of precipitation.
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Idioms and Phrases with in season

in season

1

At the right time, opportunely, as in “The two young men desired to get back again in good season” (Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, 1844).

2

Available and ready for eating, or other use; also, legal for hunting or fishing. For example, Strawberries are now in season, or Let me know when trout are in season and I'll go fishing with you. Both usages date from the 1300s, as does the antonym out of season, used for “inopportunely,” “unavailable,” and also for “not in fashion.” For example, Sorry, oysters are out of season this month, or This style used to be very popular, but it's been out of season for several years.

season

see in season; open season.

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