in/out of season

in season

1. Currently available because it is the time of year when the item being discussed is harvested and/or at its peak ripeness, most plentiful, etc. Tomatoes won't be in season until late summer.
2. Legal to hunt or catch during a specified period of time. Make sure you know what's in season before you go out hunting—the regulations are very strict.
3. Of an animal, in its breeding period; in heat. Be sure to steer clear of the bison when they're in season.
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out of season

1. Not in the time of year in which something is grown or sold. The restaurant only uses local produce, so their menu changes if something is out of season.
2. Not in the time of year in which something is legally permitted to be hunted, caught, or trapped. You'll get a hefty fine if you shoot a deer out of season.
See also: of, out, season

in season

 
1. [of a game animal] subject to legal hunting. You cannot shoot ducks. They are not in season.
2. [of a female animal] ready to breed; in estrus; in heat. The cat's in season again.
3. to be currently available for selling. (Some foods and other things are available only at certain seasons. *Typically: be ~; come [into] ~.) Oysters are available in season. Strawberries aren't in season in January.
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out of season

 
1. not now available for sale. Sorry, oysters are out of season. We don't have any. Watermelon is out of season in the winter.
2. Fig. not now legally able to be hunted or caught. Are salmon out of season? I caught a trout out of season and had to pay a fine.
See also: of, out, season

in season

1. At the right time, opportunely, as in "The two young men desired to get back again in good season" (Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, 1844).
2. Available and ready for eating, or other use; also, legal for hunting or fishing. For example, Strawberries are now in season, or Let me know when trout are in season and I'll go fishing with you. Both usages date from the 1300s, as does the antonym out of season, used for "inopportunely," "unavailable," and also for "not in fashion." For example, Sorry, oysters are out of season this month, or This style used to be very popular, but it's been out of season for several years.
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out of season

see under in season.
See also: of, out, season

ˌin/ˌout of ˈseason


1 (of fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.) available/not available in shops/stores because it is the right/wrong time of year for them: Peaches are in season at the moment.
2 at the time of year when many/few people go on holiday/vacation: Hotels are much cheaper out of season.
3 during the time of year when you can/cannot hunt animals: You can’t shoot ducks out of season.
See also: of, out, season

in season

1. Available or ready for eating or other use.
2. Legally permitted to be caught or hunted during a specified period.
3. At the right moment; opportunely.
4. In heat. Used of animals.
See also: season

out of season

1. Not available, permitted, or ready to be eaten, caught, or hunted.
2. Not at the right or proper moment; inopportunely.
See also: of, out, season