year·​ly | \ ˈyir-lē How to pronounce yearly (audio) \

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

Now's the time to score some major deals at Nordstrom's, because the department store is hosting its half-yearly sale. Lauren Matthews, Good Housekeeping, "The Only List of After-Christmas Sales You Need," 26 Dec. 2018 And a worker making the median U.S. salary of $45,552 a year would have to work for 3,655 years to equal Jenner's yearly income. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Makes More Money in Two Hours Than Most Americans Do in a Year," 8 Aug. 2018 Eventually Mondor started a yearly interfaith prayer service on the sand with a rabbi and other religious leaders. Washington Post, "‘Surfing Padre,’ known for blessing California waves, dies," 27 Apr. 2018 Today marks the first day of Sephora's yearly winter VIB sale, and this time the opportunity to nab steep discounts is bigger than ever. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "What to Shop From Sephora's Beauty Insider Holiday Sale 2018," 26 Oct. 2018 Halloween episodes were a yearly occurrence on the original Roseanne series — one even featured the birth of Roseanne Conner’s youngest son, Jerry. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "‘The Conners’ Just Gave a Sneak Peek of Its Halloween Episode," 26 Oct. 2018 CenturyLink is to pay $9.25 million for the naming rights starting in 2020, with a 2.8 percent yearly increase to $13.5 million by 2033. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Why CenturyLink Field is unlikely to be renamed for Paul Allen any time soon," 22 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The White House estimates China inflicts $50 billion yearly in damages on U.S. companies. Bob Davis, WSJ, "How China Systematically Pries Technology From U.S. Companies," 26 Sep. 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'yearly.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about yearly

Dictionary Entries near yearly





Yearly Meeting



Statistics for yearly

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for yearly

The first known use of yearly was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for yearly



English Language Learners Definition of yearly

: happening, done, or made once each year
: of or relating to one year


year·​ly | \ ˈyir-lē How to pronounce yearly (audio) \

Kids Definition of yearly

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on yearly

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with yearly

Spanish Central: Translation of yearly

Nglish: Translation of yearly for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of yearly for Arabic Speakers

Comments on yearly

What made you want to look up yearly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an act or instance of returning to life

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!