Meaning of “season” in the English Dictionary

"season" in British English

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seasonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsiː.zən/ us /ˈsiː.zən/

B1 one of the four periods of the year; spring, summer, autumn, or winter

B1 the period of the year when something that happens every year happens:

How long does the dry/hurricane/monsoon season last?

B1 the period of the year during which a particular sport is played:

The British football season begins in August.
the holiday, summer, tourist, etc. season

the period when most people take their holidays, spend time with their families, go to visit places, or take part in an activity outside work:

Air fares are more expensive during the holiday season.

mainly US UK usually series one of several series of television programmes with the same title and the same characters:

the third season of Homeland

UK a period when a set of programmes, plays, or musical events are broadcast or performed:

There will be more documentaries and fewer quiz shows in the autumn season on TV.
There's a season (US festival) of 1960s French films at the Arts Cinema next month.
in season

B2 If fruit and vegetables are in season, they are being produced in the area and are available and ready to eat:

Fruit is cheaper when it's in season.

at the time of year when many people want to travel or have a holiday:

Hotel rooms are more expensive in season.

A female animal that is in season is ready to have sex and able to become pregnant.

An animal that is in season can be hunted legally during a particular period of time.

out of season

C1 If fruit and vegetables are out of season, they do not grow in the area during that time:

In Europe, tomatoes are out of season in winter.

C2 during the period when fewer people want to travel or have a holiday

during the period when it is not legal to hunt animals

More examples

  • Autumn is my favourite season.
  • Vegetable prices fluctuate according to the season.
  • We could always go later in the season.
  • The island is very busy during the tourist season.
  • April sees the start of the football season.

seasonverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsiː.zən/ us /ˈsiː.zən/

(Definition of “season” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"season" in American English

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seasonnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsi·zən/

season noun [ C ] (PART OF YEAR)

one of the four parts a year is divided into; spring, summer, fall, or winter

season noun [ C ] (PERIOD)

a period of time during the year, esp. a period that happens every year at the same time:

flu season
the holiday season
The baseball season lasts from April to October.
in season

A fruit or vegetable that is in season is available fresh locally at that time:

Strawberries are in season.

seasonverb [ T ]

us /ˈsi·zən/

season verb [ T ] (FLAVOR)

to improve the flavor of food by adding small amounts of salt, herbs, or spices:

Season the soup with fresh tarragon, salt, and pepper.

(Definition of “season” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"season" in Business English

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seasonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsiːzən/ us

a period of the year when a particular activity or event happens:

the autumn/spring/summer/winter season
Travel agents are offering tempting discounts to persuade holidaymakers to book early for the 2013 season.
the holiday/tourist season
Stores are hoping for a strong Holiday buying season.
Cotton farmers have prospered from a long growing season.

FINANCE one of the times during the year when companies announce their financial results:

The bank started the half-year reporting season for UK retail banks on Friday with its announcement of increased profits.

the time in each year when new styles of clothes, hair, etc. become fashionable:

The fashion business moves so quickly that nobody can remember last season's look.
in season

if fruit and vegetables are in season, they are being produced in the area, and are available and ready to eat:

It is unacceptable for carrots to be imported when they are in season in the UK.

at the time of the year when many people want to travel or have a holiday:

The bar is open daily in season.
out of season

if fruit and vegetables are out of season, they do not grow in the area at that time of the year:

out-of-season vegetables
Some produce travels halfway across the world so that we can eat fruits and vegetables out of season.

during the period of the year when fewer people want to travel or have a holiday:

There has been an increase in the number of retired people taking holidays out of season.

(Definition of “season” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)