year

noun
\ 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 combinationa 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 Michigan is at home and way over due to upset the Buckeyes, but these Buckeyes are too good and will make the Wolverines wait at least another year to celebrate. cleveland, "Chase Young and Ohio State still hungry vs. Michigan and Shea Patterson: Crowquill," 27 Nov. 2019 At 6-1 on the year, the Hilltoppers are no pushovers. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "You won't need a TV remote to watch Louisville basketball take on Western Kentucky," 27 Nov. 2019 The c-section delivery rate fell slightly in 2018 to 31.9 percent, from 32 percent the year before. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "U.S. birth rate falls for 4th year in a row," 27 Nov. 2019 But the centenarian is probably used to the excitement -- Bill said his mother is an avid zipliner and makes it a point to party at Mardi Gras every year. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A 104-year-old woman shot her first buck after getting her hunting license on opening day," 27 Nov. 2019 Texas has lost at least four games every year for a decade. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Finger: For Cowboys’ Jason Garrett, Longhorns’ Tom Herman, smarts ceding to stubbornness," 27 Nov. 2019 Worldwide, there were more measles cases in the first six months of 2019 than any year since 2006, according to WHO data. Anchorage Daily News, "Deadly measles outbreak hits children in Samoa after anti-vaccine fears," 27 Nov. 2019 In the latest case, the occupancy rate of the Trump Tower’s commercial space was listed, over three consecutive years, as 11, 16 and 16 percentage points higher in filings to a lender than in reports to city tax officials, records show. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, "Trump Tax Records Reveal New Inconsistencies — This Time for Trump Tower," 27 Nov. 2019 Americans spent more than $6 billion online on Black Friday last year. CBS News, "Fraudulent websites are targeting holiday shoppers looking for a bargain," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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“Year.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/year. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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
How to pronounce year (audio)

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 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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