year·​ling | \ ˈyir-liŋ How to pronounce yearling (audio) , 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

Other Words from yearling

yearling adjective

Examples of yearling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Special Ranger Marty Baker, a 39-year law enforcement veteran, set into motion a sting operation involving a reddish-brown cow, her calf and a black yearling bull. Susan Carroll, NBC News, 22 July 2022 The yearling colt wore out her pasture, sprinting from point to point as if he were being chased. New York Times, 6 May 2022 Early in 2020, a severe storm loomed over the Cypress Creek Equine farm and the fierce winds caused a tree branch to break off — right into the left eye of a yearling. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 27 Apr. 2022 The governor got the ball rolling with the largest cash donation on the list, which would include gifts in kind, such as yearling bulls, cartloads of stones and quantities of corn. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Mar. 2022 Express Train, a $500,000 purchase as a yearling, is the favorite by virtue of a convincing win in his last race, the San Pasqual at Santa Anita. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Within the first week, three gray wolves—two female pups and a female yearling—from the Junction Butte pack were killed outside the park’s northern boundary, AP reported at the time. Margaret Osborne And Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2022 The two female pups and a female yearling from the Junction Butte pack were killed outside the park’s northern boundary in the first week after wolf season opened earlier this month, park officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 Jauregui purchased the horse for $5,000 as a yearling in 2014; with nine wins and 12 seconds in 44 starts, Camino Del Paraiso has earned $559,392. Larry Stumes, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of yearling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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year·​ling | \ ˈyir-liŋ How to pronounce yearling (audio) \

Kids Definition of yearling

: an animal that is between one and two years old

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Nglish: Translation of yearling for Spanish Speakers


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