: a unit of the work done by one person in a year composed of a standard number of working days

Examples of man-year in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If a work year consists of 300 days, that would mean almost 18,000 man-years, which, spread over 20 years, implies a workforce of about 900 men. IEEE Spectrum, 27 May 2020 This single set itself took two man-years to build and the 30-second opening shot showing the feathery residents doing their thing among the 22 houses arguably the most complicated in the company’s history — 4-5 weeks of prep time and then 18 weeks on the single shoot itself. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of man-year was in 1916

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“Man-year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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