Year Definition

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
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
A period of more or less the same length in other calendars.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
A period of 12 lunar months, as in the Jewish calendar.
Webster's New World
year after year
  • every year or for many successive years
Webster's New World
year by year
  • each year
Webster's New World
year in, year out
  • every year
Webster's New World

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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Year

  • year after year
  • year by year
  • year in, year out

Origin of Year

  • From Middle English yeer, yere, from Old English Ä¡Ä“r, Ä¡Ä“ar (“year"), from Proto-Germanic *jÄ“rÄ… (“year"), from Proto-Indo-European *yōro-, *yeh₁ro- (“year, spring"), *yeh₁r-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Jier (“year"), West Frisian jier (“year"), Dutch jaar (“year"), German Jahr (“year"), Swedish Ã¥r (“year"), Icelandic ári (“year"), Serbo-Croatian jār (“spring"), Ancient Greek ὥρα (hōra, “year, season"), Avestan 𐬫𐬁𐬭𐬆 (yārÉ™, “year") and perhaps Albanian herë (“time").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English yere from Old English gēar yēr- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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