yearling

noun
year·​ling | \ˈyir-liŋ, ˈyər-lən\

Definition of yearling 

: one that is a year old: such as

a : an animal one year old or in the second year of its age

b : a racehorse between January 1 of the year after the year in which it was foaled and the next January 1

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yearling adjective

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Among the lost so far this season: a 31-foot-long yearling gray whale that was hit by a ship and washed ashore on Thursday, dying hours later. Anchorage Daily News, "Whale strandings off Washington-Oregon coast highest in nearly 2 decades," 3 July 2018 His oldest crop are yearlings, two of which — a colt out of mare Mekko Hokte and a filly out of Untouched Talent — each sold for $1 million at public auction. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "American Pharoah has how many foals? Triple Crown winner keeps winning," 31 May 2018 Among the lost so far this season: a 31-foot-long yearling gray whale that was hit by a ship and washed ashore on Thursday, dying hours later. Anchorage Daily News, "Whale strandings off Washington-Oregon coast highest in nearly 2 decades," 3 July 2018 Cassidy recalled that in the late 1970s, Gentry came to New York to celebrate a successful yearling sale and took him, Anderson and several others out for a night of food and drink in Manhattan. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Remembering Chic Anderson’s Legendary Call of Secretariat’s Record Run at 1973 Belmont Stakes," 4 June 2018 Among the lost so far this season: a 31-foot-long yearling gray whale that was hit by a ship and washed ashore on Thursday, dying hours later. Anchorage Daily News, "Whale strandings off Washington-Oregon coast highest in nearly 2 decades," 3 July 2018 Among the lost so far this season: a 31-foot-long yearling gray whale that was hit by a ship and washed ashore on Thursday, dying hours later. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Whale strandings off Washington-Oregon coast highest in nearly 2 decades," 2 July 2018 Fueled in part by the fascination with American Pharoah’s offspring, the average price for the 10,343 weanlings, yearlings and 2-year-olds in training sold at auction last year jumped by more than 14 percent from 2016, to $72,823. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Even a Triple Crown won't end the problems facing horse racing," 6 June 2018 McKeever talked about working on a breeding farm in California years ago, where the yearlings would instinctively engage each other in impromptu races along the fence lines in their paddocks. Tim Layden, SI.com, "2018 Kentucky Derby: Horses and Human Runners Are Not so Different," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of yearling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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yearling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yearling

: an animal (such as a horse) that is between one and two years old

yearling

noun
year·​ling | \ˈyir-liŋ \

Kids Definition of yearling

: an animal that is between one and two years old

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