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Definition of the noun seasoning

What does seasoning mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: seasonings

  1. something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
  2. the act of adding a seasoning to food
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic term: change of state = the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
    • more specific words:
      • salting = the act of adding salt to food
      • sweetening = the act of adding a sweetener to food
    • part of: cookery / cooking / preparation = the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

Alternative definition of the noun seasoning


  1. [cooking] Something used to add taste or flavour to food, such as a condiment, herb or spice.
  2. A coat of burnt soot inside a cooking vessel, which has formed over repeated use, and which renders the surface non sticking.


Seasoning is the process of adding salt, herbs, or spices to food to enhance the flavor.

There are other foods with Seasoning in their name, like Maggi Seasoning, Old Bay Seasoning, Montreal steak seasoning and Pace Dry Taco Seasoning Mix.


  1. Seasoning is the process of treating the surface of a saucepan, wok, crepe griddle or other cooking vessel with a stick-resistant coating formed from polymerized fat and oil on the surface.
    • also known as Seasoned pan
  2. Seasoning, or The Seasoning, is the term applied to the period of adjustment that was undertaken by immigrants - African and European - following their first attack of tropical disease, during the colonization of the Americas. Malaria was the chief adversary of colonists and slaves. Death rates dramatically differed between regions in the Americas. Those who survived were known as Seasoned, and for slaves this would command a higher price.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Seasoning

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Google previewMaterials Science In Construction: An Introduction (2014)

by Arshad Ahmed, John Sturges

Seasoning refers to the process of removing moisture from the timber before it is used and put into service.

Seasoning is the removal of most of this moisture, and the stabilisation of the moisture content before putting the timber into service.

Google previewCash in on Cash Flow (2005)

by Laurence J. Pino

Seasoning is the length of time the mortgagor has been making payments on the mortgage.

the seasoning is an inadequate reflection of the security of the note, the track record insufficient to determine whether the mortgagor will continue to ...

Google previewMeat Curing Made Easy - Sausage Making and Many Uses for Morton's Salt (2013)

by Anon.

Morton's SAUSAGE SEASONING is a complete mixture. It is all ready to use— nothing to add or...

Google previewInvesting in Real Estate With Lease Options and "Subject-To" Deals (2011)

Powerful Strategies for Getting More When You Sell, and Paying Less When You Buy by Wendy Patton

Seasoning is a term that is becoming more and more important to real estate investors. Mortgage underwriters are becoming very strict about thelength of time investors orsellers must have owned properties beforeselling them. There has been ...

Google previewMaterials for Architects and Builders (2014)

by Arthur Lyons

The controlled loss of moisture from green timber to the appropriate moisture content for use is called seasoning. Moisture content = weight of wet specimen – dry weight of specimen ———————————————- 100% dry weight of ...

Google previewThe Neglected Canon: Nine Women Philosophers (2013)

First to the Twentieth Century by T. Dykeman

attempt to discourse; frequent contradictions, lapses past counting, blind judgment in the selection and sequence of ideas: works in which the only seasoning is a slight disguise of language, a froth of beaten egg-white over stolen material.

Google previewUpsetting the Apple Cart (2014)

Black-Latino Coalitions in New York City from Protest to Public Office by Frederick Douglass Opie

*Bajan seasoning is a blend of fresh herbs (thyme, marjoram, spring onions, onions, garlic, parsley, basil, and scotch bonnet pepper) and spices (such as clove, black pepper, paprika, and salt). The workers met in one another's homes for a ...

Google previewMore Vegetables, Please! (2009)

Over 100 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Eating Healthy Foods Each and Every Day by Elson Haas, Patty James

Seasoning is the process of adding or improving the flavor of your food. Salt is the most common flavor enhancer, and most people overuse it. When you do use salt be sure to avoid the highly processed versions commonly found on grocery ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Fondues And Hot Dips (2006)

by Ellen Brown

Cajun seasoning is a relative newcomer to the spice aisle. Generally, it contains garlic, onions, cayenne, black pepper, chili, mustard, paprika, thyme, and oregano, but each blend is slightly different. Curried Shrimp Dip powder in a heavy ...

Google previewCivil Engineering (2014)

by Knowledge flow by Knowledge flow

Cross section of exogenous tree Seasoning is the process by which the moisture content from.

Google previewBuying U.S. Real Estate (2012)

The Proven and Reliable Guide for Canadians by Richard Dolan, Don R. Campbell, David Franklin

Seasoning is the term banks use to describe a property that's been owned for a certain period of time. A seasoned property can make a bank feel more comfortable about loaning on the property. For a property to be considered seasoned a ...

Google previewYou Won't Believe It's Salt-Free (2012)

125 Healthy Low-Sodium and No-Sodium Recipes Using Flavorful Spice Blends by Robyn Webb

Penzeys fabulous Tandoori Seasoning is a mixture of coriander, ...

Google preview1001 Questions Answered About Trees (2014)

by Rutherford Platt

Seasoning is the process of taking water out of the wood pores. In green (freshly cut) wood half the weight is water, sometimes water is 1% times the weight of the wood. The drying must be carefully done or the wood will crack, warp, and split.

Google previewCallie's Biscuits and Southern Traditions (2013)

Heirloom Recipes from Our Family Kitchen by Carrie Morey

shrimp don't need any seasoning is that the shrimp are super fresh and right out of the cast net. So try to get the freshest shrimp available. ing the shrimp as you eat them. Otherwise, get out the Old Bay! Chapter 5 BAKING Mama's Butter ...

Google previewCool Thanksgiving Dinner: (2014)

Beyond the Basics for Kids Who Cook by Lisa Wagner

measuring cups measuring spoons sharp knife cutting board large pot wooden spoon 9 ×13-inch baking dish aluminum foil ~ Poultry seasoning is a blend of sage, thyme, marjoram,. 14 Classic & Delicious Dressing.

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America (2015)

by Mwalimu J. Shujaa, Kenya J. Shujaa

Seasoning, also referred to as “breaking in,” was an arduous process imposed on enslaved Africans during the era of the transatlantic slave trade. Among its purposes was to increase the value and thus the final sale price of enslaved Africans.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition (2012)

by Carla Emery

Sprinkle the seasoning over and mix with your hands. Sprinkle again and mix again until you haveit well mixed. You can season about 20 lb. at a time this way. It's much easier than working with it ground. Nowgrind. If youhave a verygood ...

Google previewDictionary of Food (2009)

International Food and Cooking Terms from A to Z by Charles Sinclair

pieces, placed in a shallow pan with sliced onions,a bouquet garni, garlic, seasoning, white wineand paprika, boiled, flamed with brandy, covered and ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

SEASONING. n.s. [from season.] That which is added to any thing to give it a reliOl*— Breads we have of several grains, with divers kinds of leavenings and seasonings. Baton* — Some abound with words, without tny seasoning. Ben Jonson.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Meat Sciences (2004)

by Carrick Devine, M. Dikeman

Excess seasoning in low-fat products can cause a very unpleasant metallic or astringent taste which lingers on the palate. Even if the quality of meat used during formulation is of the highest standard, it becomes of little importance when the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1823)

Scorchwalrant Seasoning. which warrant should be directed to the constable or other public officer, who may enter a suspected house and make search. SEARCHER, an officer in the customs, whose business it is to search and examine ships ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture [3 volumes] (2008)

Origins, Experiences, and Culture by Carole Elizabeth Boyce Davies

Seasoning. Jerk, a method of cooking highly seasoned meat over a pit, has been part of Jamaica's culinary tradition for two centuries. Jerked pork was used during the 18th century as one strategy of meeting the nutritional needs of ...

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Scrabble value of S1E1A1S1O1N1I1N1G2

The value of this 9-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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