- IPA: /ˈsizən/, X-SAMPA: /"siz@n/
- Rhymes: -iːzən
- Each of the four divisions of a year: spring, summer, autumn and winter; yeartide .
- A part of a year when something particular happens: mating season, rainy season, football season .
- ( obsolete ) That which gives relish .
- ( cricket ) the period over which a series of Test matches are played
- ( North America ) A group of episodes of a television or radio program broadcast in regular intervals with a long break between each group, usually with one year between the beginning of each .
- ( transitive ) To flavour food with spices, herbs or salt .
- ( transitive ) To make fit for any use by time or habit; to habituate; to accustom; to inure; to ripen; to mature; as, to season one to a climate .
- ( transitive ) Hence, to prepare by drying or hardening, or removal of natural juices; as, to season timber .
- ( intransitive ) To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate .
- ( intransitive ) To become dry and hard, by the escape of the natural juices, or by being penetrated with other substance; as, timber seasons in the sun .
Middle English sesoun, seson ( “time of the year” ), from Old French seson, seison ( “time of sowing, seeding” ), from Latin satiōnem, accusative of satiō ( “act of sowing, planting” ) from satum, past participle of serere ( “to sow, plant” ) from Proto-Indo-European *seh₁- ( “to sow, plant” ). Akin to Old English sāwan ( “to sow” ), Old English sǣd ( “seed” ). Displaced native Middle English sele ( “season” ) ( from Old English sǣl ( “season, time, occasion” ) ), Middle English tide ( “season, time of year” ) ( from Old English tīd ( “time, period, yeartide, season” ) ) .
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