Meaning of SEASON in English


/ ˈsiːzn; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


any of the four main periods of the year: spring, summer, autumn / fall and winter :

the changing seasons


the dry / rainy / wet ~ a period of the year in tropical countries when it is either very dry or it rains a lot


a period of time during a year when a particular activity happens or is done :

the cricket / hunting / shooting, etc. season

He scored his first goal of the season on Saturday.

The female changes colour during the breeding season .

The hotels are always full during the peak season (= when most people are on holiday / vacation) .

( BrE )

the holiday season

( NAmE )

the tourist season

( NAmE )

the holiday season (= the time of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year)

( BrE )

the festive season (= Christmas and New Year)

—see also close season , high season , low season , off season , the silly season


a period of time in which a play is shown in one place; a series of plays, films / movies or television programmes :

The play opens for a second season in London next week.

a season of films by Alfred Hitchcock


a period of time during one year when a particular style of clothes, hair, etc. is popular and fashionable :

This season's look is soft and romantic.


- in season

- out of season

- season's greetings

■ verb

season sth (with sth) to add salt, pepper, etc. to food in order to give it more flavour :

[ vn ]

Season the lamb with garlic.

[ v ]

Add the mushrooms, and season to taste (= add as much salt, pepper, etc. as you think is necessary) .



Middle English : from Old French seson , from Latin satio(n-) sowing, later time of sowing, from the root of serere to sow.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.