seasonsea‧son1 /ˈsiːzən/ ●●●S2W1 noun1time of year [countable]TMC one of the main periods into which a year is divided, each of which has a particular type of weather. The seasons are spring, summer, autumn, and winterthe effect on plants as the seasons start to change2usual time for something [countable usually singular]TMCPERIOD OF TIME a period of time in a year during which a particular activity takes place, or during which something usually happensthe first game of the seasonthe football/cricket etc seasonthe end of the football seasonthe racing/fishing/hunting etc seasonThe racing season starts in June.Some footpaths are closed during the shooting season.out of season (=when an activity is not allowed)He was caught fishing out of season.season forThe season for strawberries (=when they are available to buy) usually starts in early June.the rainy/wet/dry season (=the time when it rains a lot or does not rain at all)African rivers turn to hard mud during the dry season.the growing/planting etc seasonThe planting season is in spring, with harvest in the fall.3holiday [singular, uncountable] the time of the year when most people take their holidayshigh/peak season (=the busiest part of this time)There are two boat trips a day, more in high season.low/off season (=the least busy part of this time)An off-season break costs £114.out of seasonIt’s quieter out of season.tourist season (also holiday season British English)We arrived at the height of the tourist season (=the busiest time).the holiday season American English (=Thanksgiving to New Year, including Christmas, Hanukkah etc)the festive season British English (=Christmas and New Year)4fashion [singular]DCC the time in each year when new styles of clothes, hair etc are produced and become fashionableThis season’s look is fresh and natural.5 →be in/out of season6films, plays etc [countable usually singular]AMT a series of films, plays, televisionprogrammes etc that are shown during a particular period of timeseason ofa new season of comedy on BBC1summer/fall etc seasonThe network has several new dramas lined up for the fall season.Glyndebourne’s season opens with a performance of Tosca.7animals [singular] the time of the year when animals are ready to have sexthe mating/breeding seasonTheir dog was coming into season.8 →season’s greetings9 →the season of goodwill →close season, open season, silly seasonCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a period of time in a year during which a particular activity takes place, or during which something usually happensADJECTIVES/NOUN + season a good/successful seasonThe club has had another successful season.a poor/disappointing seasonIt's been a disappointing season for Arsenal.the football/cricket etc seasonThe football season will be starting soon.the hunting/shooting/fishing seasonAutumn was traditionally the hunting season.the holiday season (=when most people go on holiday)The roads are always busy during the holiday season.the tourist season (=when a lot of tourists visit an area)It's almost impossible to get a hotel room in the tourist season.the rainy/wet/dry season (=when the weather is rainy, wet, dry etc)In the rainy season, roads became a quagmire.the growing/planting etc season (=for growing or planting crops)The growing season is short in these mountainous areas.the festive season (=the period around Christmas)More people are choosing to go abroad for the festive season.
seasonseason2 verb [transitive]1DFCto add salt, pepper etc to food you are cookingseason something with somethingSeason the chicken with pepper.Mix and season to taste (=add the amount of salt etc that you think tastes right).2TIto preparewood for use by gradually drying it→ See Verb table
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season• The run on unpretentious style and seasonedfinishes has been a boon for the purveyors of shelterchic.season something with something• a creamysauce lightly seasoned withherbsSeason, thethe SeasonSeason, the →London Season, theFrom King Business Dictionaryseasonsea‧son /ˈsiːzən/ noun[countable, uncountable]COMMERCETRAVEL a period of time in the year when most business is done, or the time of year when something happensA full shuttle service is not expected until after the summer tourist season.You can get some cheap travel deals out of season (=during the period of time when most people do not travel). →dead season →high season →low season →off seasonOriginseason1(1300-1400)Old Frenchsaison, from Latinsatio“act of planting seeds”, from serere“to sow”season2(1300-1400)Old Frenchassaisoner“to ripen, season”, from saison; → SEASON1