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  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /jɪə/
  • (General American) enPR: yîr, IPA(key): /jɪɹ/
  • (Wales, other regions) IPA(key): /jɜː/
  • Hyphenation: year
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)

Etymology 1

From Middle English yeer, yere, from Old English ġēar (year), from Proto-West Germanic *jār, from Proto-Germanic *jērą (year), from Proto-Indo-European *yóh₁r̥ (year, spring).

Alternative forms

  • yeah (eye dialect)
  • yeare, yeer, yeere, yere (obsolete)


year (plural years)

  1. A solar year, the time it takes the Earth to complete one revolution of the Sun (between 365.24 and 365.26 days depending on the point of reference).
  2. (by extension) The time it takes for any astronomical object (such as a planet, dwarf planet, small Solar System body, or comet) in direct orbit around a star (such as the Sun) to make one revolution around the star.
  3. A period between set dates that mark a year, from January 1 to December 31 by the Gregorian calendar, from Tishiri 1 to Elul 29 by the Jewish calendar, and from Muharram 1 to Dhu al-Hijjah 29 or 30 by the Islamic calendar.
  4. A scheduled part of a calendar year spent in a specific activity.
  5. (sciences) A Julian year, exactly 365.25 days, represented by "a".
  6. A level or grade in school or college.
  7. The proportion of a creature's lifespan equivalent to one year of an average human lifespan (see also dog year).
  • (one revolution of the Sun by the Earth): sun, twelvemonth
  • (time to make one revolution by any body): anomalistic year, Gaussian year, sidereal year, tropical year
  • (period between set dates): calendar year, civil year, legal year
  • (specific uses): fiscal year, liturgical year, school year
  • decade (10 years), century (100 years), millennium (1000 years)
Derived terms


See also

  • calendar
  • (Gregorian calendar months) Gregorian calendar month; January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December (Category: en:Gregorian calendar months)
  • (Hebrew calendar months) Hebrew calendar month; Tishrei, Cheshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shevat, Adar, Nisan, Iyar, Sivan, Tammuz, Av, Elul (Category: en:Hebrew calendar months)
  • (Islamic calendar months) Islamic calendar month; Muharram, Safar, Rabi I, Rabi II, Jumada I, Jumada II, Rajab, Sha'aban, Ramadan, Shawwal, Dhu al-Qida, Dhu al-Hijjah (Category: en:Islamic months)


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Etymology 2



  1. Pronunciation spelling of here.
  2. Pronunciation spelling of hear.


  • Arey, Ayer, Ayre, Raye, Reay, Yare, aery, ayre, eyra, y'are, yare



From Middle English yeer, yere, from Old English ġēr, ġēar (year), from Proto-West Germanic *jār, from Proto-Germanic *jērą (year), from Proto-Indo-European *yōro-, *yeh₁ro- (year, spring), *yeh₁-.


  • IPA(key): [(j)iːr]


year (plural year)

  1. year

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