common year


Definition of common year

: a calendar year containing no intercalary period

Examples of common year in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On top of conversation topics that are common year-round, like relationships, depression, suicidal ideation, and loneliness, volunteers are now fielding concerns about panic, COVID-19 symptoms, finances, and being stuck inside. Anna Borges, SELF, "What It’s Like to Be a Crisis Text Counselor Right Now," 31 Mar. 2020 But there's even some wiggle room in the actual common year interpretation, too. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Why Is Leap Year a Thing? It's Complicated," 26 Feb. 2020 Expect more high-profile direct listings, as the practice becomes far more common year-over-year. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Your Top Business Predictions for 2020," 17 Dec. 2019 That is something that used to be common years ago, during the days of the first iPhone and iPhone 3G and iPhone 4. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Developer of Checkm8 explains why iDevice jailbreak exploit is a game changer," 28 Sep. 2019 And the most common years of vehicles were 2005, 2006 and 2007. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Database: Find out who was issued a traffic or parking ticket in Kansas City | The Kansas City Star," 8 Apr. 2018 On the east side of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula — particularly in counties that hug the Lake Huron coastline —population losses were common year over year. Kristi Tanner, Detroit Free Press, "Fewer people are leaving Wayne County, census data show," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of common year

circa 1751, in the meaning defined above

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“Common year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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