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What does New Year’s mean?
If someone asks you what you’re doing for New Year’s, they probably want to know what you’re doing on New Year’s Eve, which is traditionally a time for parties and counting down to the New Year.
Sometimes, the term can be used in a casual, general way to refer to the short period of time spanning the end of the year and the beginning of the new one, as in I’ll be on vacation through New Year’s and back in the office on January 4.
New Year’s can also be used in other phrases relating to the New Year, as in a quiet New Year’s morning. A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do something or make some change starting in the New Year (especially to change or start some habit or behavior).
In the U.S., New Year’s is part of what’s known as the holiday season (sometimes called the holidays)—the period that starts on Thanksgiving and continues until New Year’s Day and includes the holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve.
The term New Year commonly refers to the first day or the first few days of a new year starting on January 1, but it’s also used in the context of the beginnings of years that are based on other calendars, such as a Lunar New Year. For example, the Chinese New Year and the Jewish New Year are both based on lunar calendars. Still, the term New Year’s typically refers to the days of or around December 31 and January 1.
Example: I like to have a low-key New Year’s—I just stay in and cook a nice meal and usually fall asleep before midnight.
Where does New Year’s come from?
The term New Year’s has been by itself used as a noun since at least the 1800s. It is a shortening of New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, both of which are much older—New Year’s Day is first recorded in the 1100s and New Year’s Eve is first recorded in the 1300s. In New Year’s Eve, the word eve refers to the day or night before a holiday, as in the night before New Year’s Day (it’s used the same way in Christmas Eve).
When the clock changes from 11:59 p.m. on December 31 to midnight on January 1, New Year’s Eve becomes New Year’s Day and a new year begins. Often, when people ask you what you’re doing for New Year’s, they want to know what you’ll be doing at this exact time, and New Year’s is an easy way to say it.
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New Year’s perhaps most commonly refers to New Year’s Eve. New Year’s is known as the end of the holiday season in the U.S.
No shame in spending New Year's at home with family and friends.
— Tyler (@tyler_fritze) January 1, 2015
Thanksgiving weekend is usually when I plan business goals for the following year. Waiting until New Year's is too late. I want to be acting on the plan the first week of the new year.
— Epos Books (@Epos_Books) November 28, 2020
It's been a quiet New Year's morning out here in the country. French-press coffee, eggs & bacon scent the house with anticipation.
— Keith Fink (@keithfink) January 1, 2011
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How to use New Year's in a sentence
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Descending the Alps to the east or south into Piedmont, a new world lies around and before you.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
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Joe looked at her with a smile, his face still solemn and serious for all its youth and the fires of new-lit hope behind his eyes.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
In the year of misery, of agony and suffering in general he had endured, he had settled upon one theory.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
There seems something in that also which I could spare only very reluctantly from a new Bible in the world.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells