Definition of Year in English :

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Year meaning in English

Meaning of Year in English

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see synonyms of year


1. twelvemonth, year, yr

a period of time containing 365 (or 366) days

Example Sentences:
'she is 4 years old'
'in the year 1920'

2. year

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

Example Sentences:
'a school year'

3. year

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

Example Sentences:
'a Martian year takes 687 of our days'

4. class, year

a body of students who graduate together

Example Sentences:
'the class of '97'
'she was in my year at Hoehandle High'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of year
1. Also called: civil year
the period of time, the calendar year, containing 365 days or in a leap year 366 days. It is based on the Gregorian calendar, being divided into 12 calendar months, and is reckoned from January 1 to December 31
a period of twelve months from any specified date, such as one based on the four seasons
a specific period of time, usually occupying a definite part or parts of a twelve-month period, used for some particular activity
a school year
4. Also called: astronomical year, tropical year
the period of time, the solar year, during which the earth makes one revolution around the sun, measured between two successive vernal equinoxes: equal to 365.242 19 days
the period of time, the sidereal year, during which the earth makes one revolution around the sun, measured between two successive conjunctions of a particular distant star: equal to 365.256 36 days
the period of time, the lunar year, containing 12 lunar months and equal to 354.3671 days
the period of time taken by a specified planet to complete one revolution around the sun
the Martian year
8. (plural)
age, esp old age
a man of his years should be more careful
9. (plural)
in years to come
10. (plural)
a long time
It took me years to recover.
I haven't laughed so much in years.
People hold onto letters for years and years.
I hadn't seen him for years
a group of pupils or students, who are taught or study together, divided into classes at school
they are the best year we've ever had for history
12.  put years on
13.  take years off
14.  the year dot
15.  year and a day
16.  year in, year out

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see synonyms of year
a period of 365 days (in a leap year, 366 days) divided into 12 months and regarded in the Gregorian calendar as beginning Jan. 1 and ending the following Dec. 31
a period of more or less the same length in other calendars
the period (365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds of mean solar time) spent by the sun in making its apparent passage from vernal equinox to vernal equinox: the year of the seasons
: also tropical year, equinoctial year, solar year
the period (365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 9.54 seconds of mean solar time) spent by the sun in its apparent passage from a fixed star and back to the same position again: it is the true period of the earth's revolution, and the difference in time between this and the tropical year is due to the precession of the equinoxes
: also sidereal year
a period of 12 lunar months, as in the Jewish calendar
: also lunar year
the period of time occupied by any planet in making one complete revolution from perihelion to perihelion: for the earth this period is 365 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes, and 53 seconds: it is slightly longer than the sidereal year due to the extra time needed to reach an advancing perihelion, the lag being caused by the gravitational pull of the other planets
: also anomalistic year
a period of 12 calendar months reckoned from any date
a year from today
a calendar year of a specified number in a particular era
the year 500 b.c.
a particular annual period of less than 365 days
a school year
9.  [pl.]
old for his years
time; esp., a long time
he died years ago

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of year
1. Any of various calendrical units based on the time the earth takes to revolve once around the sun, especially:
a. In the Gregorian calendar, a period beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31, consisting of 365 or 366 days in 12 months. Also called calendar year.
b. A period of 365 or 366 days used as the basis for another calendar such as the Julian calendar.
c. A period of 12 or 13 lunar months in a lunisolar calendar such as the Jewish calendar.
d. A period of 12 lunar months in a lunar calendar such as the Islamic calendar.
2. A sidereal year.
3. A solar year.
4. A period of about a year: We were married a year ago.
5. A period equal to the calendar year but beginning on a different date: a tax-reckoning year; a farming year.
6. An annually recurring period devoted to a special activity: the academic year.
7. years Age, especially old age: I'm feeling my years.
8. years An indefinitely long period of time: it's been years since we saw her.

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