year·​ling ˈyir-liŋ How to pronounce yearling (audio)
: one that is a year old: such as
: an animal one year old or in the second year of its age
: a racehorse between January 1 of the year after the year in which it was foaled and the next January 1
yearling adjective

Examples of yearling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His most notable victory came aboard Coach Prime, a $1.7 million purchase by Zedan Racing Stables as a yearling. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 As a yearling, the horse had been named Cody’s Wish at the suggestion of Mary Bourne, the office manager at Gainsborough, who had stayed in touch with the Korman family. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 Prince of Monaco, a $950,000 purchase as a yearling, has two wins in two starts, although Baffert isn’t excited about drawing the inside post in the penultimate race of the meeting. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 But 1997's class of four outshines them all—three radically new models plus a celebrated yearling fresh from steroid therapy. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 19 Aug. 2023 Visitors may have a chance to touch horses, feed them carrots, and see horses of various ages, including mares, foals, yearlings, and stallions while hearing about how they are cared for. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 25 Aug. 2023 The yearling is, of course, the BMW Z3 2.8, looking all muscled up now that its rear fenders have been stretched over a wider rear track. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 19 Aug. 2023 At the 2021 September yearling sale alone, Repole and his partners bought 43 horses for a total of $16 million. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 3 May 2023 Not bad for a filly who was valued at $14,000 as a yearling. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 7 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yearling was in the 15th century

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“Yearling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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year·​ling ˈyi(ə)r-liŋ How to pronounce yearling (audio)
: one and especially an animal that is a year old or in the second year after birth
: a racehorse between January 1st of the year after the year in which it was born and the next January 1st
yearling adjective

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