\ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Then their lives come to an end, like dozens of others every year in Indianapolis, in an unceasing epidemic of road killings. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Aug. 2022 Hundreds of dollars per year could be saved with a $35 co-pay cap, according Balber. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2022 One Santa Monica household’s bill, reviewed by The Times, showed the customer’s old rate was $1,030 per year. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 In the second quarter ending June 30, sales at the Applebee’s and IHOP grew 6% and 8%, respectively, among households earning $75,000 per year, Dine CEO John Peyton said in an analyst call on Tuesday. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 10 Aug. 2022 The referendum would have increased the amount collected by taxes by about $6.3 million beginning in 2023 and every year going forward. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 9 Aug. 2022 Starting in 2025, out-of-pocket spending on drugs would be limited to $2,000 per year. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 9 Aug. 2022 Now high inflation is back, exceeding 30 percent every year since 2018. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2022 The event features nearly 2,000 paddlers every year with a mix of rental watercraft and participants bringing their own. Taylor Burnette, The Enquirer, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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