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The city-pent, as we have intimated, must take this season largely on faith.

At this season of the year the vintagers are joyous and negligent.

We should recollect also that the season of peace is best adapted to these preparations.

It was hard to say at which season of the year Overton campus was most beautiful.

At this season they are not very fat, but we were easily pleased.

He can have a season ticket on the railway, and come down every night.

Colds caught at this season are The Companion to the Playhouse.

Season with the salt and pepper, heat thoroughly, and serve.

Pour in the heated liquid and season with the salt and pepper.

Remove from the broiler, season with salt and pepper, and serve.


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.