[ awf-see-zuhn, of- ]

  1. a time of year other than the regular or busiest one for a specific activity: Fares are lower in the off-season.

  2. a time of year when business, manufacturing activity, etc., is less than normal or at an unusually low point.

  1. of, relating to, or during the off-season: off-season hotel rates.

  1. in or during the off-season: Traveling off-season is the easiest way to save vacation money.

Origin of off-season

First recorded in 1840–50

Words Nearby off-season Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use off-season in a sentence

  • His ill-fame had preceded him, and in addition thereto, it was the off-season, and vacancies few.

    Mixed Faces | Roy Norton
  • So small is Cromer, with its narrow streets near the sea, that in the off-season strangers are constantly running into each other.

    The Place of Dragons | William Le Queux
  • Prices are certainly higher during the off-season, but growers would be well satisfied to get 1s.

    Fruits of Queensland | Albert Benson
  • He yearned for it in the off-season interim as a drunkard for his bottle.

    Local Color | Irvin S. Cobb
  • Don't you fellows get anything for it but a little off-season work?

    Uncle Sam Detective | William Atherton Du Puy

British Dictionary definitions for off season

off season

adjective(off-season when prenominal)
  1. denoting or occurring during a period of little activity in a trade or business

  1. such a period

  1. in an off-season period

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