\ ˈyir How to pronounce year (audio) \

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 Before the Covid pandemic erupted, Brooks McCoy made $103,000 a year as a regional director for a commercial cleaning franchise in North Carolina. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "Working Mothers Derailed by Pandemic Face a Tough Road," 12 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately for him, Bob Griese was the next pick that year and the first of eight Hall of Famers. Nate Davis, USA Today, "101 biggest NFL draft busts in history: Which gaffes stand out the most?," 12 Apr. 2021 How to get tax help Low-income residents — those with household incomes below $60,000 a year — can get free help with their taxes through the Social Development Commission's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. La Risa R. Lynch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How new expanded tax credits can benefit Milwaukee's low-income communities of color," 12 Apr. 2021 That would be more than $500,000 a year for each purpose. NBC News, "Alabama senators want Confederate tax to fund Black history," 12 Apr. 2021 After a record-setting year for homicides in Louisville in 2020 and numerous fatal shootings already in 2021, one victim's family gathered Sunday to call for more communication from Louisville police on cases like theirs. Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal, "Family of homicide victim, Game Changers call for more communication between LMPD, survivors," 12 Apr. 2021 The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is tentatively planning to resume in-person performances this fall, welcoming back theatergoers for the first time in well over a year and helping spur the Southern Oregon economy. oregonlive, "Oregon festivals, event venues say 2021 seasons could be wiped out unless state issues reopening plan soon," 12 Apr. 2021 That was the first time in the 2020/21 school year, St. Isaac had a whole grade or grades switch to full remote due to a COVID outbreak, Burlinski said. Kimberly Fornek,, "St. Isaac Jogues in full remote as a precaution after spring break travel," 12 Apr. 2021 Johnson's younger brother, Puff Johnson, just finished his freshman year at North Carolina this past season after attending Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns: Cam Johnson, Monty Williams happy seeing North Caroline hire Hubert Davis to replace retiring Roy Williams," 12 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of year was before the 12th century

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14 Apr 2021

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“Year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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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