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Years and numbers of years

00s

the years beginning 2000

academic year

noun

the time during the year when there is teaching at schools, colleges, and universities

annual

adjective

happening once a year

annual

adjective

calculated or considered over a period of one year

b.

abbreviation

born: used before the date of someone’s birth in a book, article etc

BC

abbreviation

before Christ: used after a date to show that it refers to a time before the birth of Jesus Christ

BCE

abbreviation

before the Common Era: used especially by non-Christians after a date to show that it refers to a time before the birth of Jesus Christ

biannual

adjective

happening twice every year

c

abbreviation

century

calendar

noun

a system for measuring the length of a year and dividing it into periods such as weeks and months

calendar year

noun

the period of time between 1st January and 31st December of a particular year

century

noun

a period of 100 years, usually counted from a year ending in –00. For example, the 20th century is the period from 1900 to 1999

century

noun

any period of 100 years

centuries

noun

hundreds of years

decade

noun

a period of ten years, especially one beginning with a year that ends in a 0, for example 1990 to 1999

eighties

noun

the years from 1980 to 1989

financial year

noun

a period of twelve months that a company or organization uses to calculate how much profit it has made and how much it owes. The American word is fiscal year.

fiscal year

noun

a financial year

the Gregorian calendar

noun

the system used in many countries for organizing the days of the year into months

half-yearly

adjective

done or happening twice a year

leap year

noun

a year that has 366 days instead of 365. Leap years happen every four years, when February has 29 days instead of 28.

light year

noun

the distance that light travels in a year, used as a unit for measuring distances in space

millennial

adjective

relating to a millennium

millennium

noun

a period of 1,000 years

millennium

noun

the beginning of a period of 1,000 years

noughties

noun

the years from 2000 to 2009

per annum

adverb

for each year

quarter

noun

one of four periods of three months that the year is divided into, especially when you are talking about financial accounts

quarterly

adjective, adverb

done or produced four times a year

school year

noun

the period of the year when students must go to school

session

noun

an academic year

summer

noun

a year, especially of someone’s age

twelvemonth

noun

an old word meaning a ‘year’

year

noun

a period of 365 days, or 366 in a leap year, divided into 12 months

year

noun

used about a particular period of time, beginning on 1 January and ending on 31 December, or between the first and last dates on some other calendar

year

noun

used about the period during which an institution operates, or about the system that it uses for dividing time

yearlong

adjective

continuing for a year

yearly

adjective

done once every year

year-round

adjective

happening, continuing, or available through the whole year

yr

abbreviation

year

yrs

abbreviation

years

year-round

adverb

the fifties

the years from 1950 to 1959

the forties

the years from 1940 to 1949

the middle 1950s/1980s etc

the years around 1955/1985 etc

the nineties

the years from 1990 to 1999

the seventies

the years from 1970 to 1979

the sixties

the years from 1960 to 1969

to the day

used for saying that something happened on the same day in a different year

Word of the Day

resurrection

the occasion on which Jesus Christ was brought back to life after his death, according to the Bible

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