Definitions for yearyɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a period of 365 or 366 days, in the Gregorian calendar, divided into 12 calendar months, now reckoned as beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31

    Category: Horology

    Ref: ( calendar year ).; Compare common year, leap year.

  2. a period of the same length in other calendars.

    Category: Horology

  3. a space of 12 calendar months calculated from any point: We expect to finish in a year.

    Category: Horology

    Ref: fiscal year .

  4. Astron. a division of time equal to 12 lunar months. a division of time equal to 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, representing the interval between one vernal equinox and the next. a division of time equal to the solar year plus 20 minutes, the time it takes the earth to complete one revolution around the sun.

    Category: Astronomy

    Ref: Also called lunar year.; Also called solar year.; Also called sidereal year.

  5. the time in which any planet completes a revolution around the sun.

    Category: Horology, Astronomy

  6. a full round of the seasons.

    Category: Horology

  7. a period out of every 12 months devoted to a certain pursuit, activity, or the like:

    the academic year.

  8. years, age: old age: time; period: an unusually or markedly long time:

    a person of her years.

    a man of years.

    the years of hardship.

    We haven't spoken in years.

  9. a group of students entering school or college, or those graduating in the same year; class.

Idioms for year:

  1. year in and year out, regularly through the years. Also, year in, year out.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of year:

bef. 900; ME yeer, OE gēar, c. OS, OHG jār, ON ār, Go jer; akin to Gk hôros year

Princeton's WordNet

  1. year, twelvemonth, yr(noun)

    a period of time containing 365 (or 366) days

    "she is 4 years old"; "in the year 1920"

  2. year(noun)

    a period of time occupying a regular part of a calendar year that is used for some particular activity

    "a school year"

  3. year(noun)

    the period of time that it takes for a planet (as, e.g., Earth or Mars) to make a complete revolution around the sun

    "a Martian year takes 687 of our days"

  4. class, year(noun)

    a body of students who graduate together

    "the class of '97"; "she was in my year at Hoehandle High"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. year(noun)ɪər

    a period of twelve months

    Next week, it'll be exactly two years since he died.; I traveled for several years after college.; Who knows what he'll be doing in 5 years' time.

  2. yearɪər

    the period between January 1 and December 31

    What year did they get married?; 1964 and the three years after that; at the beginning/end of the year

  3. yearɪər

    the grade a student is in

    What year are you in?

  4. yearɪər

    indicates age

    He's been reading since he was four years old.

  5. yearɪər

    a period of time during which an organization completes its activities

    the eight months of the academic year


  1. year(Noun)

    The time it takes the Earth to complete one revolution of the Sun (between 365.24 and 365.26 days depending on the point of reference).

  2. year(Noun)

    The time it takes for any planetary body to make one revolution around another body.

    Mars goes around the sun once in a Martian year, or 1.88 Earth years.

  3. year(Noun)

    A period between set dates that mark a year, from January 1 to December 31 by the Gregorian calendar.

  4. year(Noun)

    A scheduled part of a calendar year spent in a specific activity.

    During this school year I have to get up at 6:30 to catch the bus.

  5. year(Noun)

    A Julian year, exactly 365.25 days, represented by "a".

  6. year(Noun)

    A level or grade in school or college.

  7. Origin: From yeer, yere, from ger, gear, from jēran, from yōro-. Cognate with jier, jaar, Jahr, år, ári, Serbo-Croatian jar, Ancient Greek ὥρα, and perhaps Albanian verë.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Year(noun)

    the time of the apparent revolution of the sun trough the ecliptic; the period occupied by the earth in making its revolution around the sun, called the astronomical year; also, a period more or less nearly agreeing with this, adopted by various nations as a measure of time, and called the civil year; as, the common lunar year of 354 days, still in use among the Mohammedans; the year of 360 days, etc. In common usage, the year consists of 365 days, and every fourth year (called bissextile, or leap year) of 366 days, a day being added to February on that year, on account of the excess above 365 days (see Bissextile)

  2. Year(noun)

    the time in which any planet completes a revolution about the sun; as, the year of Jupiter or of Saturn

  3. Year(noun)

    age, or old age; as, a man in years


  1. Year

    A year is the orbital period of the Earth moving around the Sun. For an observer on the Earth, this corresponds to the period it takes the Sun to complete one course throughout the zodiac along the ecliptic. In astronomy, the Julian year is a unit of time, defined as 365.25 days of 86400 SI seconds each. There is no universally accepted symbol for the year as a unit of time. The International System of Units does not propose one. A common abbreviation in international use is a, in English also y or yr. Due to the Earth's axial tilt, the course of a year sees the passing of the seasons, marked by changes in weather, hours of daylight, and consequently vegetation and fertility. In temperate and subpolar regions, generally four seasons are recognized: spring, summer, autumn and winter, astronomically marked by the Sun reaching the points of equinox and solstice, although the climatic seasons lag behind their astronomical markers. In some tropical and subtropical regions it is more common to speak of the rainy season versus the dry season. A calendar year is an approximation of the Earth's orbital period in a given calendar. A calendar year in the Gregorian calendar has either 365 or 366 days.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. YEAR

    A period originally including 365 days, now 325, since the other 40 are Lent.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'year' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #114

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'year' in Written Corpus Frequency: #160

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'year' in Nouns Frequency: #2

Anagrams of year

  1. aery

  2. yare

  3. ayre, Ayre

  4. Ayre

Translations for year

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the period of time the earth takes to go once round the sun, about 365 days

We lived here for five years, from November 1968 to November 1973; a two-year delay.

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