noun \ˈyir\

Definition of year

  1. 1a :  the period of about 3651/4 solar days required for one revolution of the earth around the sunb :  the time required for the apparent sun to return to an arbitrary fixed or moving reference point in the skyc :  the time in which a planet completes a revolution about the sun two Mercury years

  2. 2a :  a cycle in the Gregorian calendar of 365 or 366 days divided into 12 months beginning with January and ending with Decemberb :  a period of time equal to one year of the Gregorian calendar but beginning at a different time

  3. 3 :  a calendar year specified usually by a number died in the year 1900

  4. 4 years plural :  a time or era having a special significance their glory years

  5. 5a :  12 months that constitute a measure of age or duration her 21st year —often used in combination a year-old childb years plural :  age wise beyond her years; also :  the final stage of the normal life span

  6. 6 :  a period of time (such as the usually 9-month period in which a school is in session) other than a calendar year

Examples of year in a sentence

  1. I haven't seen her in a year.

  2. He quit smoking six years ago.

  3. The job pays $45,000 a year.

  4. She renews her lease every year.

  5. We see them once or twice a year.

  6. It feels like we've been standing in line for a year.

  7. That team hasn't won in years.

  8. It's been years since I've been on an airplane.

  9. The work should be done by the end of the year.

  10. She was born in the year 1967.

Origin and Etymology of year

Middle English yere, from Old English gēar; akin to Old High German jār year, Greek hōros year, hōra season, hour

First Known Use: before 12th century

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YEAR Defined for English Language Learners


noun \ˈyir\

Definition of year for English Language Learners

  • : a unit of time that is equal to 12 months or 365 or sometimes 366 days

  • : the regular period of 12 months that begins in January and ends in December

  • —used to refer to the age of a person

YEAR Defined for Kids


noun \ˈyir\

Definition of year for Students

  1. 1 :  the period of about 36514 days required for the earth to make one complete trip around the sun

  2. 2 :  a period of 365 days or in leap year 366 days beginning January 1

  3. 3 :  a fixed period of time the school year

  4. 4 :  the age of a person a six-year old

  5. 5 :  a long time We've been standing in line for a year.

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