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year the time taken by the earth to make one revolution around the sun. The length of the year depends on the manner of calculation. For ordinary purposes the important period is the tropical year (also called astronomical year, equinoctial year, or solar year) which is the time between successive spring or autumn equinoxes, or winter or summer solstices, roughly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds in length. This period thus marks the regular cycle of the seasons.

The calendar year or civil year is the period of 365 days (or 366 days in leap years) starting from the first of January, used for reckoning time in ordinary affairs.

The word is recorded from Old English (in form gē(a)r) and is of Germanic origin; it comes from an Indo-European root shared by Greek hōra ‘season’.
a year and a day a legal period constituting a term for certain purposes, in order to ensure the completion of a full year.
year of grace year — ad, suggested by medieval Latin anno gratiae, used by chroniclers to indicate the year as reckoned from the birth of Christ. Year of Our Lord is year — ad, as reckoned from the birth of Christ; anno domini.
Year 2000 problem (also called Y2K) another name for the Millennium bug.
year's mind the anniversary of a person's death or burial, as an occasion for special prayers; a Requiem Mass held on such an anniversary; the term is recorded from the 11th century.

See also a cherry year, a merry year, donkeys' years at donkey, locust years, next year in Jerusalem.

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year / yi(ə)r/ • n. 1. the time taken by a planet to make one revolution around the sun. 2. (also cal·en·dar year or civ·il year) the period of 365 days (or 366 days in leap years) starting from the first of January, used for reckoning time. ∎  a period of the same length as this starting at any point. ∎  a similar period used for reckoning time according to other calendars: the Muslim year. 3. (one's years) one's age or time of life: she had a composure well beyond her years. 4. (years) inf. a very long time; ages: it's going to take years to put that right. PHRASES: —— of the year a person or thing chosen as outstanding in a specified field or of a specified kind in a particular year: the sports personality of the year.a year and a day the period specified in some legal matters to ensure the completion of a full year.year in and year out continuously or repeatedly over a period of years: they rented the same bungalow year in and year out.

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year,time required for the earth to complete one orbit about the sun. The solar or tropical year is measured relative to the sun and is equal to 365 days, 5 hr, 48 min, 46 sec of mean solar time (see solar time). The sidereal year, measured relative to the stars, is longer than the tropical year by about 20 min. The calendar year is used for practical purposes and always contains a whole number of days, the ordinary year being 365 days and the leap year 366 days.

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year period of the earth's revolution round the sun; 12 months; pl. age OE.; pl. period, times XIII. OE. (Angl.) ġēr, (WS.) ġēar = OS. jār, gēr (Du. jaar), OHG. jār (G. jahr), ON. ár, Goth. jēr :- Gmc. *jǣram, f. IE. base *jēr- *jōr-, repr. also by Gr. hôros year.

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Year (religious): see CALENDAR.

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