year Definition

  • 1the time taken by a planet to make one revolution around the sun
  • 2a period of twelve months, especially from 1 January to 31 December
  • 3a particular stage or period of time in a process

Using year: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "year" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It takes Earth 365.24 days to complete one orbit around the sun.

  • Example

    I haven't seen her in over a year.

  • Example

    The first year of college is always the hardest.

  • Example

    This year's budget is much higher than last year's.

year Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for year

  • orbit
  • 12 months
  • calendar year
  • annual cycle

Idioms Using year

  • happening every year without fail, consistently over a long period of time


    He has been working at the same company year in, year out for over a decade.

  • a very long time ago, from the beginning of recorded history


    That tradition has been around since the year dot.

  • a year in a dog's life, equivalent to seven human years


    My dog is 6 years old, but in dog years she's already middle-aged.

Phrases with year

  • a period of twelve months used for calculating financial statements, not necessarily coinciding with the calendar year


    Our fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th.

  • a year, occurring once every four years, that has 366 days including February 29 as an intercalary day


    2020 was a leap year.

  • the calendar year just begun or about to begin


    We celebrated the new year with fireworks and champagne.

Origins of year

from Old English 'gear'


Summary: year in Brief

The term 'year' [yir] refers to a period of time, either the time it takes for a planet to orbit the sun or a period of twelve months. It can also refer to a particular stage or period of time in a process. Phrases like 'fiscal year' and 'leap year' are commonly used, as well as idioms like 'year in, year out,' meaning consistently over a long period of time.

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