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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However, with their tight salary cap situation, the Bucks would be hard-pressed to match Chicago's offer of $20 million per year. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks rescind qualifying offer; Jabari Parker joins Chicago Bulls," 14 July 2018 Amazon Prime Price: $119 per year Amazon Prime Video is one big perk found in the larger Prime subscription package. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Is Netflix best bet for cord-cutters or should you consider Amazon, Hulu or Vudu?," 13 July 2018 Premiums for these policies typically cost $500 or less per year and cover residential structures up to $250,000 and contents up to $500,000. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 Prior to about 2003, China bought minimal amounts of Alaska seafood — less than $100 million per year — mirroring demand growth in the country for other Alaska products as well. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Some Alaska seafood exports escape China’s retaliatory tariffs," 13 July 2018 There are several other henges in the area, and the new one was found a few hundred meters south of the Great Passage Tomb of Newgrange, one of the largest draws for thousands of tourists per year. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland," 13 July 2018 Microsoft is currently on schedule to offer two updates to the operating system per year. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Microsoft Is Finally Updating the Windows Notepad App," 12 July 2018 Today, the facility makes and ships 850,000 metric tons of ammonia per year—more than double the weight of the Empire State Building. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 Starbucks’ plan to eliminate 1 billion plastic straws per year is not going to solve this problem. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Critics of Starbucks’ Straw Ban Are Missing the Point," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'year.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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