year·ly | \ˈyir-lē \

Definition of yearly 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : reckoned by the year

2 : occurring, appearing, made, done, or acted upon every year or once a year : annual



Definition of yearly (Entry 2 of 2)

: every year : annually

Examples of yearly in a Sentence


She renews her lease on a yearly basis.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The effects have been felt in cities from Atlantic City, New Jersey, where the yearly average temperature rose 1.4 degrees in the past 30 years, to Yakima, Washington, where the thermometer jumped a tad more. Fox News, "NASA's chilling 30-year-old warning," 19 June 2018 Sparks received a modest $5,000 pay raise from his previous yearly salary while Williams received a $7,000 signing bonus and admission to a corporate profit-sharing plan, prosecutors said. Matthew Ormseth,, "Former Employee Of Groton Defense Contractor Requests New Trial After Conviction For Stealing Navy Secrets," 12 July 2018 Journalist and royal expert Kate Nicholl told ET that the bill was being picked up by her new father-in-law, Prince Charles, who gets the money from his $28 million yearly salary. Sarah Midkiff,, "We've Seen $1 Million Of Meghan Markle's Royal Wardrobe," 30 June 2018 New York's yearly celebration of Latin cool is happening this week. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Best Acts at New York's LAMC," 10 July 2018 There will also be releases on trade from China and India that will be perused for clues on how the global economy is traveling, while Australia's central bank releases its half-yearly financial stability review., "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 12 Apr. 2018 If that holds true, the yearly average temperature for the South Central region, which includes San Antonio, would be 71.65 degrees in 2048, as compared with an average yearly temperature of 69.78 degrees over the past 30 years. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "Prediction of rising temperatures for San Antonio raises possibility of alternating droughts, heavy rain," 20 June 2018 To this day, Stonehenge still holds a yearly solstice event that's open to the public., "How To Make The Most Of The Longest Day Of The Year," 18 June 2018 Policies in the draft so far include a tax set at 15 percent, and at 20 percent for families with a yearly income of more than 80,000 euros, ($96,000) according to a League official who declined to be named discussing a confidential document. John Follain,, "The Ink Is Almost Dry on Italy’s 15% Flat Tax Rate," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Bel Air has been designated as a Banner City yearly since 2007. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air achieves several milestones, seeks sustainable community recertification," 10 July 2018 Though Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, is an illiberal authoritarian, Mercedes Benz announced an investment of €1bn in the country two years ago and plans to make 330,000 cars yearly by 2020. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 2018 Since 1988, Utqiagvik (oot-GAR'-vik), Alaska, formerly known as Barrow, has warmed more than 6 degrees yearly and more than 9 degrees in winter. Seth Borenstein And Nicky Forster,, "Warned 30 years ago, global warming 'is in our living room'," 18 June 2018 According to legislative economists, more than 75 percent of the $11 million yearly sole proprietor tax cut would go to people who earn at least $200,000 a year. Hillary Borrud,, "Oregon lawmakers move quickly to vote on Kate Brown's business tax cut," 21 May 2018 The report was based on nearly 500 interviews, questionnaires to more than 5,000 students yearly and academic records. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Program to Help Minority Students Fell Short of Some Goals, Study Finds," 9 May 2018 But the club think their biggest opportunity for commercial revenue could come in other areas, with Chelsea and Manchester City both earning £8m yearly from their own sleeve sponsorship deals., "Arsenal Aim for First Sleeve Sponsor in Their History To Help Compete With Premier League Rivals," 17 Feb. 2018 People sneered the title of that book on the 1968 Cowboys yearly as the talented Cowboys failed in the playoffs. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Super Bowl history game-by-game, from Packers to Patriots | Miami Herald," 30 Jan. 2018 Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala. The Tylt,, "Does the 'Ocean's 8' reboot look unoriginal?," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of yearly


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of yearly

: happening, done, or made once each year

: of or relating to one year


year·ly | \ˈyir-lē \

Kids Definition of yearly

: occurring, made, or done every year : annual I had my yearly checkup.

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