\ 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 Since 2008, suicides involving veterans have topped 6,000 a year, the agency reports. Morgan Phillips, Fox News, 30 May 2021 In New York City, the poorest 6% of residents—about 500,000 people—would receive an average of $2,000 a year, or around $167 a month. Katie Honan, WSJ, 30 May 2021 The YouthWORKS Summer Youth Employment Program would see its funding soar from $375,000 a year to $2.3 million. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2021 This week, Roehl put in place its second pay increase of this year, which together should increase driver pay at the company about $4,000 to $6,000 a year, or about 9% to 11%. Chris Isidore, CNN, 29 May 2021 Basic pay for new, junior enlisted men and women is about $21,000 to $24,000 a year, plus a possible housing allowance that can vary with duty station and dependents. Maryalice Parks, ABC News, 29 May 2021 For students whose families earn $30,000 a year or less, the return on actual costs is quite good at public schools - 68% of public schools provide enough return to allow students to recover their investment in just five years or less. Derek Newton, Forbes, 29 May 2021 That includes raising the top marginal income tax rate to 39.6 percent from 37 percent for married couples making just over $500,000 a year and individuals making just over $450,000. New York Times, 28 May 2021 Among the ideas under consideration is a plan to provide $600 stimulus checks in the form of tax rebates for Californians who earn up to $75,000 a year. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021

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

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1 Jun 2021

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“Year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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


\ 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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