- a period of 365 or 366 days, in the Gregorian calendar, divided into 12 calendar months, now reckoned as beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31 (calendar year or civil year).Compare common year, leap year.
- a period of approximately the same length in other calendars.
- a space of 12 calendar months calculated from any point: This should have been finished a year ago.
- Also called lunar year.a division of time equal to 12 lunar months.
- Also called astronomical year, equinoctial year, solar year, tropical year.a division of time equal to about 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, representing the interval between one vernal equinox and the next.
- Also called sidereal year.a division of time equal to the equinoctial year plus 20 minutes, representing the time required for the earth to complete one revolution around the sun, measured with relation to the fixed stars.Compare anomalistic year.
- the time in which any planet completes a revolution round the sun: the Martian year.
- a full round of the seasons.
- a period out of every 12 months, devoted to a certain pursuit, activity, or the like: the academic year.
- a group of students entering school or college, graduating, or expecting to graduate in the same year; class.
- a year and a day, a period specified as the limit of time in various legal matters, as in determining a right or a liability, to allow for a full year by any way of counting.
- from the year one, for a very long time; as long as anyone remembers: He's been with the company from the year one.
- year in and year out, regularly through the years; continually: Year in and year out they went to Florida for the winter.Also year in, year out.
Origin of year
- Also called: civil year the period of time, the calendar year, containing 365 days or in a leap year 366 days. It is based on the Gregorian calendar, being divided into 12 calendar months, and is reckoned from January 1 to December 31
- a period of twelve months from any specified date, such as one based on the four seasons
- a specific period of time, usually occupying a definite part or parts of a twelve-month period, used for some particular activitya school year
- Also called: astronomical year, tropical year the period of time, the solar year, during which the earth makes one revolution around the sun, measured between two successive vernal equinoxes: equal to 365.242 19 days
- the period of time, the sidereal year, during which the earth makes one revolution around the sun, measured between two successive conjunctions of a particular distant star: equal to 365.256 36 days
- the period of time, the lunar year, containing 12 lunar months and equal to 354.3671 days
- the period of time taken by a specified planet to complete one revolution around the sunthe Martian year
- (plural) age, esp old agea man of his years should be more careful
- (plural) timein years to come
- a group of pupils or students, who are taught or study together, divided into classes at schoolthey are the best year we've ever had for history
- the year dot informal as long ago as can be remembered
- year and a day English law a period fixed by law to ensure the completion of a full year. It is applied for certain purposes, such as to determine the time within which wrecks must be claimed
- year in, year out regularly or monotonously, over a long period
Word Origin for year
Old English gear (West Saxon), ger (Anglian) "year," from Proto-Germanic *jæram "year" (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German jar, Old Norse ar, Danish aar, Old Frisian ger, Dutch jaar, German Jahr, Gothic jer "year"), from PIE *yer-o-, from root *yer-/*yor- "year, season" (cf. Avestan yare (nominative singular) "year;" Greek hora "year, season, any part of a year," also "any part of a day, hour;" Old Church Slavonic jaru, Bohemian jaro "spring;" Latin hornus "of this year;" Old Persian dušiyaram "famine," literally "bad year"). Probably originally "that which makes [a complete cycle]," and from verbal root *ei- meaning "to do, make."
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with year
- year in, year out
- all year round
- along in years
- by the day (year)
- donkey's years