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Definition of "year" [year]

  • The period of time during which Earth completes a single revolution around the sun, consisting of 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 12 seconds of mean solar time. In the Gregorian calendar the year begins on January 1 and ends on December 31 and is divided into 12 months, 52 weeks, and 365 or 366 days. Also called calendar year. (noun)
  • A period approximately equal to a year in other calendars. (noun)
  • A period of approximately the duration of a calendar year: We were married a year ago. (noun)
  • A sidereal year. (noun)
  • A solar year. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "year" in a sentence
  • "'The beginning of a new year (not to mention a new decade) is a popular time for resolutions and \ "best of the year\" recaps, but it\'s also the beginning of the annual awards season."
  • "• Pair had won Irish Derby and other major races this year• Goldikova to stay in training next year, owners say"
  • "GM asked to recall 2000-01 model year after trunk deathsKids and Cars has asked General Motors recall 2000-01 model year  sedans after two children perish in locked trunk."