year

noun
\ˈyir \

Definition of year 

1a : the period of about 3651/4 solar days required for one revolution of the earth around the sun

b : the time required for the apparent sun to return to an arbitrary fixed or moving reference point in the sky

c : the time in which a planet completes a revolution about the sun two Mercury years

2a : a cycle in the Gregorian calendar of 365 or 366 days divided into 12 months beginning with January and ending with December

b : a period of time equal to one year of the Gregorian calendar but beginning at a different time

3 : a calendar year specified usually by a number died in the year 1900

4 years plural : a time or era having a special significance their glory years

5a : 12 months that constitute a measure of age or duration her 21st year often used in combination a year-old child

b years plural : age wise beyond her years also : the final stage of the normal life span

6 : a period of time (such as the usually 9-month period in which a school is in session) other than a calendar year

Examples of year in a Sentence

I haven't seen her in a year. He quit smoking six years ago. The job pays $45,000 a year. She renews her lease every year. We see them once or twice a year. It feels like we've been standing in line for a year. That team hasn't won in years. It's been years since I've been on an airplane. The work should be done by the end of the year. She was born in the year 1967.
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Recent Examples on the Web

In recent months, some product listings lost thousands of reviews in a day, a number that can take years to build. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon, Amid Crackdown on Seller Scams, Fires Employees Over Data Leak," 10 Dec. 2018 After all, she's had a whirlwind year after returning to the court following the birth of her first daughter, Olympia, and she's emerged as a powerful voice for mothers, female athletes, and black women. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Serena Williams Makes Forbes' Most Powerful Women List for the First Time," 7 Dec. 2018 While winter is the obvious time for all things hygge, Danes practice this concept year round. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "What Is Hygge? Everything You Need To Know About The Danish Lifestyle Trend," 4 Dec. 2018 Men get the exact same hit (39 percent) for taking a year off, but women are twice as likely to take a year off than men are, the report found. Kaitlin Menza, Marie Claire, "The Gender Wage Gap Is Way Worse Than We Thought," 3 Dec. 2018 This seems especially ambitious, as the Proton, which has had reliability problems in recent years, has averaged fewer than three flights a year since the beginning of 2016. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russian space leader suggests engineers test spacecraft Stalin’s way," 13 Nov. 2018 And today Amazon is offering a great deal on a drive big enough to back up all of your files for years to come: the 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub is down to $150 today, matching an all-time low and more than 30 percent off its $220 list price. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Back up everything with this awesome deal on the 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub," 7 Nov. 2018 For years, home seekers in the pricey King County real estate market have been outbid by all-cash buyers who make nearly one-fourth of all home purchases here. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "King County’s secret all-cash homebuyers must reveal true identity to law enforcement," 20 Nov. 2018 Why Go NowThe gorgeously sun-bleached, 58-villa Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has been quietly besting the competition for years, luring a chic yet low-key clientele that’s a world apart from the boozy bacchanal of Nha Trang itself. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of year

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for year

Middle English yere, from Old English gēar; akin to Old High German jār year, Greek hōros year, hōra season, hour

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year

noun

Financial Definition of year

What It Is

In the business world, a year is a 12-month period, four-quarter period, or 13-period stretch of time. It is not always 365 days long, though it is usually very close to that. In business, note that a fiscal year does not always go from January 1 to December 31; many companies have fiscal years beginning at other times.

How It Works

Years are important because they create time frames for comparing information. For example, let's assume Company XYZ's fiscal year began on January 1 and that today is March 31. During this time, Company XYZ recorded the following:

By comparing the 2012 revenues with the 2011 revenues, we can calculate that Company XYZ was up 50% year over year.

Why It Matters

Yearly information is useful in looking for trends or measuring performance against goals. Remember, though that comparing year-over-year information among companies with different fiscal-year start dates can distort an analysis: The time included may vary and seasonal factors may become skewed. It is also important to remember that the extra day in leap years may also distort comparisons.

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year

noun

English Language Learners Definition of year

: a unit of time that is equal to 12 months or 365 or sometimes 366 days

: the regular period of 12 months that begins in January and ends in December

—used to refer to the age of a person

year

noun
\ˈyir \

Kids Definition of year

1 : the period of about 365¹/₄ days required for the earth to make one complete trip around the sun

2 : a period of 365 days or in leap year 366 days beginning January 1

3 : a fixed period of time the school year

4 : the age of a person a six-year old

5 : a long time We've been standing in line for a year.

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