\ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The race honors the 2004 Arkansas Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, all while unbeaten, Oaklawn's centennial year of racing. Arkansas Online, 29 July 2022 Marianne Huskey Fechter is one of the most accomplished women in pro fishing history, with an angler of the year award and a major tournament win under her belt. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Enter your first name, last name, birth month, birth year and zip code. Michael Woch, Detroit Free Press, 28 July 2022 Later this year, Grant will take part in the Kennedy Center Honors as one of this year’s five honorees. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 28 July 2022 Mary’s 2002-03 boys basketball team from LeBron James’ senior year was on the unranked list. Jonathan X. Simmons, cleveland, 28 July 2022 Glier's Goettafest takes place over two weekends this year: July 28-31, and Aug. 4-7. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 28 July 2022 An alleged member of the Rapekrieg group was interviewed by the FBI and said group members had obtained uniforms and body armor, and had practiced together using real firearms approximately once a year since 2017, prosecutors said. Josh Campbell, CNN, 28 July 2022 Its Illinois factory is capable of making 150,000 vehicles a year, but this year the company is expecting to roll out just 25,000. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 28 July 2022 See More

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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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31 Jul 2022

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“Year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈyir How to pronounce year (audio) \

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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