[ yeer ]
/ yɪər /


Idioms for year

Origin of year

before 900; Middle English yeer, Old English gēar; cognate with Dutch jaar, German Jahr, Old Norse ār, Gothic jēr, Greek hôros year, hṓrā season, part of a day, hour


mul·ti·year, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for year in, year out

/ (jɪə) /


Other words from year

Related adjective: annual

Word Origin for year

Old English gear; related to Gothic jēr, Old Saxon, Old High German jār, Old Norse ār year, Polish jar springtime, Latin hōrnus of this year

usage for year

In writing spans of years, it is important to choose a style that avoids ambiguity. The practice adopted in this dictionary is, in four-figure dates, to specify the last two digits of the second date if it falls within the same century as the first: 1801–08; 1850–51; 1899–1901 . In writing three-figure bc dates, it is advisable to give both dates in full: 159–156 bc, not 159–56 bc unless of course the span referred to consists of 103 years rather than three years. It is also advisable to specify bc or ad in years under 1000 unless the context makes this self-evident
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Idioms and Phrases with year in, year out (1 of 2)

year in, year out

Regularly, every year, as in We've been going to the Cape, year in, year out, ever since we were children. This expression was first recorded in 1830.

Idioms and Phrases with year in, year out (2 of 2)


In addition to the idiom beginning with year

  • year in, year out

also see:

  • all year round
  • along in years
  • by the day (year)
  • donkey's years
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