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new year

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noun
  1. the year approaching or newly begun.
  2. New Year's Day.
  3. (initial capital letters) the first day or few days of a year in any of various calendars.

Origin of new year

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200

New Year's

noun
  1. New Year's Day.
  2. New Year's Eve.
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Examples from the Web for new year

Historical Examples

  • Mamma liked it so much that New-Year's she took it for my cousins.

    Harper's Young People, July 6, 1880

    Various

  • "There is my New-Year present to you, Annie," he said, as he began to open it.

  • You saw me but once, and on New-Year's Day too, among so many.

    Anne

    Constance Fenimore Woolson

  • "Well, New-Year's calling particularly," explained the lady.

    The Idiot at Home

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • Tell me, mamma, do naughty children have presents at New-Year's?


British Dictionary definitions for new year

New Year

noun
  1. the first day or days of the year in various calendars, usually celebrated as a holiday
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