› (also calendar year) a period of 365 or 366 days, starting on January 1st and ending on December 31st: The project took five years to complete. last/next/this year the following/previous year
› a period of twelve months relating to a particular activity: He earns $68,000 a year.
years › a long time: It's taken years to get funding for the project. He's been doing the same job for years.
of the year › a thing or person of the year is one that has been chosen as the best in a particular area or activity for that year: She won the Business Woman of the Year award in 2010.
year after year › every year for a long period: The fund produces terrific results year after year.
year by year › if something increases, develops, etc. year by year, it happens each year over a period of time: Savers should monitor their funds year by year. Credit card fraud is still increasing on a year-by-year basis.
year in, year out › if something happens year in, year out, it has been happening for a while and is expected to continue in the same way: Investors should choose a fund that does consistently well year in, year out. → See also amount falling due after one year, amount falling due within one year, beginning of year, end-of-year, financial year, fiscal year, tax year, year-ago, year end, year-on-year, year-over-year, year to date