- a period with reference to the total number of games to be played by a team: a 162-game season.
- a period with reference to the won-lost record of a team after it has completed its schedule: a .700 season.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- in the time or state for use, eating, etc.: Asparagus is now in season.
- in the period regulated by law, as for hunting and fishing.
- at the right time; opportunely.
- (of an animal, especially female) in a state of readiness for mating; in heat.
- in good season.
Origin of season
Synonyms for season
Examples from the Web for preseason
Contemporary Examples of preseason
He played well enough [during the preseason] for a team with a need on the defensive line to consider that.Michael Sam, the First Openly Gay NFL Draftee, Has Earned the Right to Play Ball
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When the Kings and the Lakers met in the 2003 preseason, the drama picked up right where it left off.Did NBA Referees Snatch Destiny From The Sacramento Kings?
June 6, 2012
He is as heartfelt and genuine at these gatherings as he is at the Friday preseason workouts.Frank Hall, Coach Who Chased the Chardon High School Gunman, Is a Hero
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Plimpton was the writer who was briefly allowed to play quarterback in a Detroit Lions preseason game a half-century ago.My All-Too-Brief Acting Career
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- the period immediately before the official season for a particular sport begins
- (as modifier)a series of preseason friendly matches
- (of game) permitted to be caught or killed
- (of fresh food) readily available
- Also: in heat, on heat(of some female mammals) sexually receptive
Word Origin for season
c.1300, "a period of the year," with reference to weather or work, also "proper time, suitable occasion," from Old French seison, saison "season, date; right moment, appropriate time" (Modern French saison) "a sowing, planting," from Latin sationem (nominative satio) "a sowing, planting," noun of action from past participle stem of serere "to sow" (see sow (v.)).
Sense shifted in Vulgar Latin from "act of sowing" to "time of sowing," especially "spring, regarded as the chief sowing season." In Old Provençal and Old French (and thus in English), this was extended to "season" in general. In other Indo-European languages, generic "season" (of the year) words typically are from words for "time," sometimes with a word for "year" (e.g. Latin tempus (anni), German Jahrzeit). Of game (e.g. out of season) from late 14c. Spanish estacion, Italian stagione are unrelated, being from Latin statio "station."
Meaning "time of year during which a place is most frequented" is from 1705. Season ticket is attested from 1820.
see in season; open season.