Meaning of YEAR in English

YEAR

[ jɪə , jə: ]

■ noun

1》 the time taken by the earth to make one revolution around the sun.

2》 (also calendar ~ or civil ~ ) the period of 365 days (or 366 days in leap ~s) starting from the first of January, used for reckoning time in ordinary affairs.

↘a period of the same length as this starting at a different point.

↘a similar period used for reckoning time according to other calendars.

3》 ( one's ~s ) one's age or time of life.

4》 ( ~s ) informal a very long time.

5》 a set of students grouped together as being of roughly similar ages.

Phrases

in the ~ of grace (or Our Lord ) —— in the ~ —— AD. [ ~ of grace from med. L. anno gratiae , used by chroniclers.]

a ~ and a day the period specified in some legal matters to ensure the completion of a full ~.

~ in, ~ out continuously or repeatedly over a period of ~s.

Origin

OE gē(a)r , of Gmc origin.

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