season

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • verb to allow the sap in timber to dry so that the wood can be used for making things

Agriculture

  • noun one of the four parts into which a year is divided, i.e. spring, summer, autumn and winter
  • noun the time of year when something happens
  • noun the oestrus period of a female animal

Food

  • noun a period of time when a particular food is available or a particular game bird may be legally shot

Media Studies

  • noun a ‘package’ of episodes of a television show, e.g. 8 or 12 episodes, which are scripted, filmed and released together and form a coherent set. A television show may run for several seasons, with large breaks in between each being broadcast.

Sports

  • noun the performance of a player or team during a sporting season in relation to others

Travel

  • noun a period of time when something usually takes place
  • verb to add flavouring, spices, etc., to a dish

Origin & History of “season”

A season is etymologically a time of ‘sowing seeds’. The word comes via Old French seson from Latin satiō ‘act of sowing’, a derivative of satus, the past participle of serere ‘sow, plant’ (which went back to the same Indo-European base that produced English seed, semen, and sow). In post-classical times ‘act of sowing’ evolved into ‘time for sowing’, and by the time it reached Old French it had developed further to any ‘suitable time’. The application to ‘any of the four main divisions of the year’ emerged in English in the 14th century. The use of season as a verb, meaning ‘add flavourings to’, had its beginnings in post-classical Latin, and arose as the result of a progression from ‘sow’ through ‘ripen’ to ‘cook thoroughly or well’.
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