year

noun
\ ˈyir How to pronounce year (audio) \

Definition of year

1a : the period of about 3651/4 solar days required for one revolution of the earth around the sun
b : the time required for the apparent sun to return to an arbitrary fixed or moving reference point in the sky
c : the time in which a planet completes a revolution about the sun two Mercury years
2a : a cycle in the Gregorian calendar of 365 or 366 days divided into 12 months beginning with January and ending with December
b : a period of time equal to one year of the Gregorian calendar but beginning at a different time
3 : a calendar year specified usually by a number died in the year 1900
4 years plural : a time or era having a special significance their glory years
5a : 12 months that constitute a measure of age or duration her 21st year often used in combination a year-old child
b years plural : age wise beyond her years also : the final stage of the normal life span
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

I haven't seen her in a year. He quit smoking six years ago. The job pays $45,000 a year. She renews her lease every year. We see them once or twice a year. It feels like we've been standing in line for a year. That team hasn't won in years. It's been years since I've been on an airplane. The work should be done by the end of the year. She was born in the year 1967.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The list of exoplanets is nearly 4,000 at this point, including the recently discovered Wolf 503b, which is 145 light years away from Earth. Fox News, "Extraterrestrial life could be scarcer than first thought, study says," 12 June 2019 The year is 2019, the Jonas Brothers are back, Miley Cyrus has returned to TV, and multi-hyphenate queen Selena Gomez has a new album in the works. Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Is Almost Done With Her Next Album," 12 June 2019 Before the line even launched, people dragged the fact that Jenner was releasing a walnut scrub, since dermatologists have warned for years that crushed walnut shell powder can cause microtears in your skin. Glamour, "We Put Kylie Jenner's Face Wash to the White Towel Test," 12 June 2019 This month, Destination Cleveland will wind up the program's first year. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Blossom food, Pizza Palooza, brewery-passport program: WTAM chat," 12 June 2019 While there’s no time like the summer to cool off, ice cubes are a year-round skincare hero. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Kate Moss’s Secret Facial Remedy Is Already in Your Freezer," 12 June 2019 The other 10 sheriffs beat incumbents — eight of whom had held the position for at least 12 years — in last year's primary, runoff or general elections. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al.com, "After losing reelection, these Alabama sheriffs took it out on their successors - and the public," 12 June 2019 The first parade happened two years later, and since then Portland has celebrated Pride with gusto every year. oregonlive.com, "Portland Pride expects 60,000 people for downtown festival, parade," 11 June 2019 The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority confirmed Tuesday that O’Rourke Wrecking Co. will knock down the signature smokestack, which has been part of the Cincinnati skyline for more than 150 years. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati's iconic Hudepohl smokestack faces wrecking ball Friday," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of year

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

History and Etymology for year

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

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year

noun

Financial Definition of year

What It Is

In the business world, a year is a 12-month period, four-quarter period, or 13-period stretch of time. It is not always 365 days long, though it is usually very close to that. In business, note that a fiscal year does not always go from January 1 to December 31; many companies have fiscal years beginning at other times.

How It Works

Years are important because they create time frames for comparing information. For example, let's assume Company XYZ's fiscal year began on January 1 and that today is March 31. During this time, Company XYZ recorded the following:

By comparing the 2012 revenues with the 2011 revenues, we can calculate that Company XYZ was up 50% year over year.

Why It Matters

Yearly information is useful in looking for trends or measuring performance against goals. Remember, though that comparing year-over-year information among companies with different fiscal-year start dates can distort an analysis: The time included may vary and seasonal factors may become skewed. It is also important to remember that the extra day in leap years may also distort comparisons.

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year

noun

English Language Learners Definition of year

: 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

noun
\ ˈyir How to pronounce year (audio) \

Kids Definition of year

1 : the period of about 365¹/₄ days required for the earth to make one complete trip around the sun
2 : a period of 365 days or in leap year 366 days beginning January 1
3 : a fixed period of time the school year
4 : the age of a person a six-year old
5 : a long time We've been standing in line for a year.

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