What does year mean?

Definitions for yearyɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word 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"


  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

  4. Origin: [OE. yer, yeer, er, AS. ger; akin to OFries. ir, gr, D. jaar, OHG. jr, G. jahr, Icel. r, Dan. aar, Sw. r, Goth. jr, Gr. a season of the year, springtime, a part of the day, an hour, a year, Zend yre year. 4, 279. Cf. Hour, Yore.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Year

    yēr, n. a period of time determined by the revolution of the earth in its orbit, and embracing the four seasons, popularly a period beginning with 1st January and ending with 31st December, consisting of 365 days (excepting every fourth year, called 'bissextile' or 'leap-year,' in which one day is added to February, making the number 366)—the Calendar, Civil, or Legal year: a space of twelve calendar months: (pl.) period of life, esp. age or old age.—ns. Year′-book, a book published annually, containing reports of judicial cases, or of discoveries, events, &c.; Year′ling, an animal a year old.—adj. a year old.—adjs. Year′long, lasting a year; Year′ly, happening every year: lasting a year.—adv. once a year: from year to year.—Year of Grace, or of our Lord, date of the Christian era.—Anomalistic year (see Anomaly); Astronomical year, the interval between one vernal equinox and the next, or one complete mean apparent circuit of the ecliptic by the sun, or mean motion through 360° of longitude—365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 49.7 seconds—called also the Equinoctial, Solar, or Tropical year; Canicular year—the ancient Egyptian—counted from one heliacal rising of Sirius to the next—(the Canicular Cycle was the cycle of 1461 years of 365 days each, or 1460 Julian years, also called the Sothiac period); Ecclesiastical year, the year as arranged in the ecclesiastical calendar, with saints' days, festivals, &c.; Embolismic year, a year of thirteen lunar months or 384 days, occurring in a lunisolar calendar like that of the Jews; Hebrew year, a lunisolar year, of 12 or 13 months of 29 or 30 days—in every cycle of nineteen years the 3d, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, and 19th having thirteen months instead of twelve; Julian year, a period of 365¼ days, thus causing an annual error of about 11 minutes—corrected by dropping 10 days in 1582 under Pope Gregory XIII.—not adopted in England till 3d September 1752, which became September 14 (see Style); Legal year, the year by which dates were reckoned, which till 1752 began in England on 25th March, that date being originally chosen by Dionysius Exiguus as being the Annunciation—exactly nine months before Christmas. In Scotland the year began on 1st January since 1600.—The most common New Year's Days were these four—(a) 25th December; (b) 25th March; (c) Easter; (d) 1st January. Thus England used both the first and second from the 6th century to 1066; the fourth till 1155; then the second till the day after 31st December 1751, which was called 1st January 1752. Scotland used the second till 1599, when the day after 31st December 1599 was called 1st January 1600. France under Charlemagne used the first, and afterwards also the third and second till 1563; Lunar year, a period of twelve lunar months or 354 days, Platonic year, a cycle of years at the end of which the heavenly bodies are in the same place as at the Creation—also Great, or Perfect, year; Sabbatic, -al, year (see Sabbath); Sidereal year, the period required by the sun to move from a given star to the same star again—affected by Nutation only, one of the most invariable quantities which nature affords us, having a mean value of 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes, 9.6 seconds.—In years, advanced in age. [A.S. geár, gér; Ger. jahr, Ice. ár, Gr. hōra, season.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. YEAR

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

Editors Contribution

  1. year

    A unit of time with a known value used in a specific type of calendar currently in use on planet Earth.

    A year on planet Earth is a unit of time known and used in a type of calendar.

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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 for year »

  1. aery

  2. yare

  3. ayre, Ayre

  4. Ayre


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of year in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of year in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rick Ross:

    Woodie of the Year.

  2. Ethan Glass:

    This is the one this year.

  3. Rebecca Skoch:

    It's really big this year.

  4. Sarita Henriquez:

    I'm being greedy this year.

  5. John Kline:

    Move onto offense next year.

Images & Illustrations of year

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