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

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Examples of yearling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The male yearling was taken to Frisco Creek Rehabilitation Center, where veterinary manager Michael Sirochman said the bear's paws were not burned so deeply that the animal was permanently injured. Fox News, "Bear rescued from Colorado wildfire; blaze near Durango grows to over 2,700 acres," 18 June 2020 Park officials say the five yearlings are joining Betsy, Bailey, Bellatrix, Buttercup and Bambi to form a herd of 10 females. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: California’s coronavirus state of emergency," 5 Mar. 2020 In 2012, about 6,600 yearlings brought $348 million. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Where Have All the Race Horses Gone?," 23 Aug. 2019 An antler-point restriction exists in most central and northern Missouri counties, which greatly reduces the number of yearling bucks that are harvested, resulting in an older age-structure of bucks than in counties where the APR does not exist. Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, "Deer Hunting Forecast 2019," 12 July 2019 Both species have stable buck-to-doe and yearling buck-to-adult buck ratios. Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, "Deer Hunting Forecast 2019," 12 July 2019 If there’s a rougher, tougher way to get somewhere without going through an apparent funnel, a big buck will often take that isolated path, leaving the easy trail for does and yearlings. Jeff Murray, Field & Stream, "10 Common Deer Hunting Mistakes You Should Fix," 8 Nov. 2019 The horse was bought for $5,500 as a yearling at the Barretts sale in California. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Two horses have died at Santa Anita since start of new racing season," 1 Jan. 2020 As lions raise their families, the big males often drive off yearlings and force them to establish their own hunting territories. Tom Stienstra,, "Mystery track in SF Presidio sets off lion alarm," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of yearling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Yearling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of yearling

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


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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