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  1. pertaining to a year or to each year.
  2. done, made, happening, appearing, coming, etc., once a year or every year: a yearly medical examination.
  3. computed or determined by the year.
  4. continuing or lasting for a year.
  1. once a year; annually.
noun, plural year·lies.
  1. a publication appearing once a year.

Origin of yearly

before 900; Middle English yeerly, Old English gēarlīc. See year, -ly
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  1. occurring, done, appearing, etc, once a year or every year; annual
  2. lasting or valid for a year; annuala yearly subscription
  1. once a year; annually
noun plural -lies
  1. a publication, event, etc, that occurs once a year
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Word Origin and History for yearly


Old English gearlic; see year + -ly (1).

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