Definition of season
What does the word season mean?
part of speech: noun
Proper time, favourable opportunity, time at which something is plentiful or in vogue or active, (a word in s., advice given when it is likely to be taken or is needed; in s. & out of s., at all times without selection; oysters, venison, strawberries, are in s., to be had in good condition& without special difficulty; the holiday s., any of the times when most people keep holiday, esp. Christmas, Easter, Whitsuntide, or August; the London, Brighton, Parisian, s., when society is busy or visitors many there; London in the s.; the theatrical, publishing, cricket, s.; close, open, s., when hunting &c. of some animal is prohibited, permitted); period of indefinite or various length (may endure for a s.; a s. of inaction; s.-ticket, issued at reduced rates for any number of journeys taken, performances attended, &c., within a year, six months, or other period); one of the divisions of the year with distinguishable characteristics of temperature, rainfall, vegetation, &c. (the four ss., spring, summer, autumn, winter, beginning astronomically each at an equinox or solstice but popularly having different dates in different countries; the dry, rainy, s., two ss. recognized in the tropics instead of the four of temperate countries); hence seasonal, seasonless, aa., seasonally adv. (Vb) bring into efficient or sound condition by habituation, acclimatization, exposure, special preparation, use, or lapse of time, inure, mature, (seasoned soldiers, timber, wine); make palatable or piquant by introduction of salt, condiments, wit, jests, &c., give zest to, flavour, (highly seasoned dishes; conversation seasoned with humour), whence seasoner (2), seasoning (4), nn.; temper, moderate, (let mercy s. justice); become fit for use by being seasoned. [old French]