\ 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 combinationa 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 increase would mean the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 would pay about $70 more per year in property taxes. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Libertarian advocacy group is texting Louisville residents to oppose JCPS tax increase," 3 July 2020 On average, Portland sees between 20 to 35 homicides per year, according to historical city homicide data. oregonlive, "Portland sees June uptick in homicides, not far out of line from recent years," 2 July 2020 While few people die each year from using them, the latest figures for 2019 show that fireworks hurt about 10,000 people per year in the U.S. Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, "Why are so many people lighting off fireworks?," 30 June 2020 In 2019, the two cities that topped the list were Bogota, Colombia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the average person losing 191 hours and 190 hours to traffic each year, respectively. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "These cities have the world’s worst traffic congestion—but that could change fast," 30 June 2020 The company sells 900,000 to 1 million F-150 pickups each year. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford F-150 build schedule confirmed as buyers, factory workers prepare," 30 June 2020 As for other areas in the city, Airbnb hosts must acquire a permit in order to rent out their homes to tourists, according to the statement, but only for a maximum of 30 days per year for groups no larger than four. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Amsterdam Bans Airbnb Rentals in City Center Starting July 1," 29 June 2020 As Uber and Lyft struggle to iron out the economics of trips, both continue to spend millions each year recruiting and retaining drivers. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing," 26 June 2020 The big pickups generate $50 billion per year in global revenue, about one-third of what Ford normally takes in. CBS News, "Ford unveils revamped F-150 with new interior," 26 June 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

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“Year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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