year S1 W1 [countable]
a period of about 365 days or 12 months, measured from any particular time:
I arrived here two years ago.
We've known each other for over a year.
It's almost a year since Sue died.
Jodi is 15 years old.
a three-year business plan
a four-year-old child
be 12/21 etc years of age (=be 12/21 etc years old)➔ financial year, fiscal year, light year, tax year
a period of 365 or 366 days divided into 12 months beginning on January 1st and ending on December 31st: ➔ leap year, new year
january to decemberalso calendar yearTMC
the year that Kennedy died
at the end of the year
She goes there every year.
in the year 1785
this year's cup final
The museum attracts 100,000 visitors a year.
in the early years of last century
a very long period of time [= ages]:
It's years since I rode a bike.
as each year passes:
Business has steadily increased year by year.
every year for many years:
Many birds return to the same spot year after year.
a particular period of time in someone's life or in history
period of life/history
somebody's childhood/early/teenage/retirement etc years
those who start to smoke in their teenage years
the war/Depression/boom etc years
the boom years of the 1980's
somebody's years in/at something
during his years in China
somebody's years as something
Sheila enjoyed her years as a student in Oxford.
In later years he turned to writing poetry.
the time within a period of 12 months when students are studying at a school or university
a particular level that a student stays at for one year:
school/university levelespecially British English
a group of year seven students
in a year
He was in my year at school.
10 British EnglishSE
someone who is in their first etc year at school or university:
The department offers a study skills programme for all first years.
the musician etc who was voted the best in a particular year
vote/name something ... of the year
The new Renault was voted car of the year.
used to say that something is extremely unlikely:
Never in a million years did I think we'd lose.
13 British English informal
a very long time ago:
Scientists have been involved in war since the year dot.
to make someone look or feel older or younger:
Tina's divorce has put years on her.