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Definition of season noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1any of the four main periods of the year: spring, summer, fall, and winter the changing seasons
  2. 2the dry/rainy/wet season a period of the year in tropical countries when it is either very dry or it rains a lot
  3. 3a period of time during a year when a particular activity happens or is done the football/hunting/shooting, etc. season He scored his first goal of the season on Saturday. The female changes color during the breeding season. The hotels are always full during the peak season (= when most people are on vacation). the tourist season the holiday season (= the time of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year) see also closed season, high season, off-season
  4. 4a period of time in which a play is shown in one place; a series of plays, movies, or television programs The play opens for a second season in New York next week. a season of films by Alfred Hitchcock
  5. 5a period of time during one year when a particular style of clothes, hair, etc. is popular and fashionable This season's look is soft and romantic.
  6. Idioms
    1. 1(of fruit or vegetables) easily available and ready to eat because it is the right time of year for them Strawberries are now in season.
    2. 2(of a female animal) ready to reproduce
      out of season
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    1. 1(of fruit or vegetables) not easily available because it is not the right time of year for them
    2. 2at the times of year when few people go on vacation Hotels are cheaper out of season.
    season's greetings
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    used at Christmas to wish someone an enjoyable holiday
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: season