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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After years as chief curator of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and director of its edgy offshoot in Queens, MoMA PS1, Mr. Biesenbach, who was born and raised in Germany, has decamped to the West Coast. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "A Star Curator Falls in Love With Los Angeles," 27 Apr. 2019 The move to extract one of the world’s most high-profile fugitives came about relatively quickly after years of what officials portrayed as obnoxious and ungracious behavior by their houseguest. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "After 7 long years, Assange’s capture happened quickly," 16 Apr. 2019 Apparently the 74-year-old began writing the memoir last summer after years of people asking him to do so, The Associated Press reports. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Tom Selleck Is Writing a Memoir About His Extremely Private Life," 13 Apr. 2019 After dating Gabriella for a number of years, Thomas proposed last August on Isle of Sark in the English Channel. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Lady Gabriella Windsor? Everything You Need to Know About Her and Her Royal Wedding," 26 Apr. 2019 The two have been friends for a couple of years, much to the surprise to fans. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Are Zac Efron and Nina Dobrev Dating?," 9 Apr. 2019 Mom, thanks for providing me with womb and board for all of these years! Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "22 Perfect Mother's Day Puns to Use for Your Instagram Post," 3 Apr. 2019 And this held true even controlling for number of years played. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 2019 Feeding and sheltering him cost an estimated $1 million a year, authorities said. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "After 7 long years, Assange’s capture happened quickly," 16 Apr. 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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