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“The stuff ought to be well-seasoned,” commented Mr. Mellaire.

Also, pieces of well-seasoned wood, used in securing the ship's timbers.

The spring, of course, must be made of well-seasoned, elastic wood.

It was a well-seasoned joke; everyone knew "the lady in plaster."

The Gallipoli landing could only have been made by well-seasoned troops.

Well-seasoned lumber should be used, and should be first-class of its kind.

But such a reasonable man; well-seasoned, and her friend for years.

“With fust-class, well-seasoned leather,” said Isaac, cutting off his wax-ends.

He had been a great fighter, and his well-seasoned arms were like iron.

Even so well-seasoned a mistress as Miss Gibbs, however, cannot be aware of every sub-current in her Form.


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.