[ awf-see-zuh n, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˈsi zən, ˈɒf- /


a time of year other than the regular or busiest one for a specific activity: Fares are lower in the off-season.
a time of year when business, manufacturing activity, etc., is less than normal or at an unusually low point.


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


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

Nearby words

  1. off-reserve,
  2. off-road,
  3. off-roader,
  4. off-roading,
  5. off-sales,
  6. off-shore,
  7. off-site,
  8. off-speed,
  9. off-stage,
  10. off-street

Origin of off-season

First recorded in 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for offseason



1848, "a period when business is down," from off (adv.) + season (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper