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great year

noun, Astronomy.
Origin of great year
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10

Great Year

noun
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  • I've not seen the like o' this since the great year—forty-eight.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • This extended period of time, equal to twenty-one thousand of our ordinary years, has been named the great year of our globe.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • Eighteen hundred and five, besides being the great year of Trafalgar, was a year of hard fighting in India.

  • The great year of 1666 was nigh, before many moons the New Year of the Christians would dawn.

  • In a few days the first sun of the great year would rise upon the world.

  • The word rendered rams is jubilee, the same as that given to the great year of Release.

  • But before the great year when the Emperor proclaimed that all men had equal rights, it was not so.

    The Jews of Barnow Karl Emil Franzos
  • For that was the great year of the struggle over the state-wide prohibition law.

  • As to the great year, some make it to consist of eight years solar, some of nineteen, others of fifty-nine.

  • Until the great year of 1789, the town, by royal edict, enjoyed complete immunity from taxation.

    East of Paris Matilda Betham-Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for great year

great year

noun
1.
one complete cycle of the precession of the equinoxes; about 25 800 years
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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