From 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”)).
season (plural seasons)
- 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; seasoning.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4 Scene 1
- O! she is fallen
- Into a pit of ink, that the wide sea
- Hath drops too few to wash her clean again,
- And salt too little which may season give
- To her foul-tainted flesh.
- 1605, Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth, III, 4
- You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
- (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.
- The third season of Friends aired from 1996 to 1997.
- (obsolete) An extended, undefined period of time.
- 1656, John Owen, The Mortification of Sin
- So it is in a person when a breach hath been made upon his conscience, quiet, perhaps credit, by his lust, in some eruption of actual sin; — carefulness, indignation, desire, fear, revenge are all set on work about it and against it, and lust is quiet for a season, being run down before them; but when the hurry is over and the inquest is past, the thief appears again alive, and is as busy as ever at his work.
Usage notes 
In British English, a year-long group of episodes is called a series, whereas in North American English the word "series" is a synonym of "program" or "show".
Derived terms 
Terms derived from season
quarter of a year
- Korean: 계절 (ko) (gyejeol)
- Sorani: وهرز (ku)
- Lao: ລະດູ (lo)
- Latvian: gadalaiks (lv) m, sezona (lv) f
- Lithuanian: metų laikas (lt) m
- Luxembourgish: Joreszäit (lb) f
- Malay: musim (ms)
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- Navajo: nináháhááh
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- Norwegian: årstid (no) m and f, sesong (no) m
- Occitan: sason (oc) f
- Oriya: ଋତୁ (or)
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- Persian: موسم (fa) (mausam)
- Polish: pora roku (pl) f
- Portuguese: estação (pt) f, sazão (pt) f
- Romanian: sezon (ro) n, anotimp (ro) n
- Romansch: stagiun (rm) f, stagiùn (rm) f, staschung (rm) f
- Russian: время года (ru) (vrémja góda) n, сезон (ru) (sezón) m
- Scots: saison
- Scottish Gaelic: aimsir (gd) f, ràith (gd) f
- Serbo-Croatian: godišnje doba (sh) n doba (sh) n
- Slovak: ročné obdobie (sk) n
- Slovene: letni čas (sl) m
- Spanish: estación (es) f
- Swahili: msimu (sw)
- Swedish: årstid (sv) c
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- Thai: ฤดู (th)
- Turkish: mevsim (tr), sezon (tr)
- Ukrainian: пора року (uk) (porá róku) f
- Urdu: موسم (ur) (mausam) m, فصل (ur) (fasl) m, رت (ur) (rut) f
- Vietnamese: mùa (vi)
- Volapük: säsun (vo)
- Welsh: tymor (cy) m
- West Frisian: jiertiid (fy) c
- Yiddish: צײַט פון יאָר (yi) (tseit fon yar)
part of year with something special
(obsolete) that which gives relish
season (third-person singular simple present seasons, present participle seasoning, simple past and past participle seasoned)
- (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.
to make fit for any use by time or habit
to prepare by drying or hardening