(the) season

(the) season
   the annual period in which upper-class marriageable girls were put on display
   In the days when come out meant no more than to appear in society:
    'The Season' being a sort of ritual marriage market to which every parent then subscribed anxiously. (Blanch, 1954 — not every parent, only the rich ones)

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