[ yeer-ling ]
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  1. an animal in its second year.

  2. a horse one year old, dating from January 1 of the year after the year of foaling.

  1. being a year old.

  2. of a year's duration or standing: a yearling bride.

Origin of yearling

1425–75; late Middle English; see year, -ling1; cognate with German Jährling

Words Nearby yearling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use yearling in a sentence

  • And from my roost I could note the passing of anything bigger than a buffalo yearling, within a radius of at least six miles.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The next moment there was a rustle of leaves, and a yearling doe dashed by.

  • The colt was watching the yearling's antics, and at last he couldn't help joining the fun.

  • A Wallachian woman, with her yearling babe in her arms, once found the door open and went in.

    The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • Her mother died before lise was six months old, and her father before she was a yearling.

    Blue Goose | Frank Lewis Nason

British Dictionary definitions for yearling


/ (ˈjɪəlɪŋ) /

  1. the young of any of various animals, including the antelope and buffalo, between one and two years of age

  2. 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

  1. being a year old

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