year

[yeer]

noun


Idioms

    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

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
Related formsmul·ti·year, adjective
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  • But if she had any such thing I'm sure it was ended, and she'd have jumped at this chance a year ago.

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  • How's it come you didn't have a Western Union frank this year?

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  • Why, of course not, Uncle Peter; only I had to look around some at first,—for a year or so.

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  • After a year of that, he'll be taken into the office and his hours will be cut down to eight.

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  • Now it assembles the blossoms of a whole long year to bewilder and allure.

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British Dictionary definitions for year

year

noun

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
Related formsRelated 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

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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Word Origin and History for year
n.

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with year

year

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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