civil year

civ·il year
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [siv-uh l yeer]
    • /ˈsɪv əl yɪər/
    • /ˈsɪvl jɪə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [siv-uh l yeer]
    • /ˈsɪv əl yɪər/

Definitions of civil year words

  • abbreviation CIVIL YEAR calendar year 3
  • noun civil year a period of 365 or 366 days, in the Gregorian calendar, divided into 12 calendar months, now reckoned as beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31 (calendar year or civil year) Compare common year, leap year. 1
  • noun civil year a period of approximately the same length in other calendars. 1
  • noun civil year a space of 12 calendar months calculated from any point: This should have been finished a year ago. 1
  • noun civil year Astronomy. Also called lunar year. a division of time equal to 12 lunar months. Also called astronomical year, equinoctial year, solar year, tropical year. a division of time equal to about 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, representing the interval between one vernal equinox and the next. Also called sidereal year. a division of time equal to the equinoctial year plus 20 minutes, representing the time required for the earth to complete one revolution around the sun, measured with relation to the fixed stars. Compare anomalistic year. 1
  • noun civil year the time in which any planet completes a revolution round the sun: the Martian year. 1

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Origin of civil year

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English yeer, Old English gēar; cognate with Dutch jaar, German Jahr, Old Norse ār, Gothic jēr, Greek hôros year, hṓrā season, part of a day, hour

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Parts of speech for Civil year


civil year popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 72% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

civil year usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for civil year

noun civil year

  • fiscal year — any yearly period without regard to the calendar year, at the end of which a firm, government, etc., determines its financial condition.
  • cy — Cyprus (international car registration)

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