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light yearnoun [C]

 us   /ˈlɑɪt ˌyɪər/
earth science the ​greatdistance that light ​travels in one year; about 5,880,000,000,000 ​miles or 9,460,000,000,000 ​kilometers earth science People sometimes say light years to ​talk about an ​extremelylongdistance or ​time: When I was a ​young man, being 50 ​seemed light years away.
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