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To produce crops in the arid or semi-arid regions, out-of-season moisture—heavy snows and rains—must be conserved.

I'm only surprised it wasn't a tangle of Cupids, an out-of-season Valentine, and maybe it will be yet.

Little Edward was revived by the out-of-season dainties thus miraculously provided for him, and soon became quite well again.

One of these new Americans recently gave a large feast in Washington with every out-of-season delicacy in profusion.

The only exceptions were known as 'out-of-season ships,' of which there were rarely over two yearly.

Because affirmatives bind not ad semper, and out-of-season duties become sins.

It is to the ordinary Boston what the empty, out-of-season London is to the rest of the busy metropolis.

And on the wings of the intruding, out-of-season wind came a train of ills.


c.1300, "a period of the year," with reference to weather or work, also "proper time, suitable occasion," from Old French seison, saison "season, date; right moment, appropriate time" (Modern French saison) "a sowing, planting," from Latin sationem (nominative satio) "a sowing, planting," noun of action from past participle stem of serere "to sow" (see sow (v.)).

Sense shifted in Vulgar Latin from "act of sowing" to "time of sowing," especially "spring, regarded as the chief sowing season." In Old Provençal and Old French (and thus in English), this was extended to "season" in general. In other Indo-European languages, generic "season" (of the year) words typically are from words for "time," sometimes with a word for "year" (e.g. Latin tempus (anni), German Jahrzeit). Of game (e.g. out of season) from late 14c. Spanish estacion, Italian stagione are unrelated, being from Latin statio "station."

Meaning "time of year during which a place is most frequented" is from 1705. Season ticket is attested from 1820.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.