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new year

the year approaching or newly begun.
(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

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  • This was much in Phemy's favour, and by the new year she was quite well.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • December came and Christmas, and then January and the new year, the year 1917.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • It was nice, she thought, to have gotten through to him tonight, on the eve of the new year.

    Life Sentence James McConnell
  • The new year seems to me like the top of a snow covered mountain.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • Early in the new year he went abroad for six weeks, but only as far as Paris.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for new year

New Year

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