- an animal in its second year.
- a horse one year old, dating from January 1 of the year after the year of foaling.
- being a year old.
- of a year's duration or standing: a yearling bride.
Origin of yearling
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Examples from the Web for yearling
By autumn the youngster was so big and sleek that he might almost have passed for a yearling.The House in the Water
Charles G. D. Roberts
Why, he asked mildly, might not the AJ outfit have stolen the yearling?Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
At noon they killed a yearling pig, and roasted it and made a hearty lunch.
There's my brother-in-law, Pquin; he does not know a yearling from a three-year-old.A Village of Vagabonds
F. Berkeley Smith
That night Kotick danced the Fire-dance with the yearling seals.The Jungle Book
- the young of any of various animals, including the antelope and buffalo, between one and two years of age
- a thoroughbred racehorse counted for racing purposes as being one year old until the second Jan 1 following its birth
- a bond that is intended to mature after one year
- (as modifier)yearling bonds
- being a year old
Word Origin and History for yearling
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper