Definition of new year in English:

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new year

Pronunciation: /ˌn(y)o͞o ˈyir/


1The calendar year just begun or about to begin: we’re looking ahead to a profitable start to the new year Happy New Year!
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  • The old year ended and the new year began with the American economy in good shape.
  • We can begin again: a new year is upon us with fresh resolutions to spoil.
  • Thus, once the new year has begun, I'm afraid that conflicts regarding the power plant issue will continue to erupt.
1.1The first few days or weeks of a year: interest rates may climb in the new year
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  • Motorists still face price increases in the new year.
  • Garvey said a new date for the match would be fixed in the new year, though it was unlikely that it would be played before February and could even be delayed until after May.
  • A self-contained nursery run as part of the Thorpe Edge Community Project, which manages the centre, will open in the new year.
1.2 (usually New Year) The period immediately before and after December 31: the facilities are closed over Christmas and New Year
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  • He's going to stay there throughout the week and into the new year, spending the new year there with his family.
  • Does crime increase over Christmas and New Year?



New Year's

North American informal New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
Example sentences
  • If you're planning on heading out of the city this New Year's, party it up at this West Island staple.
  • I had heard a little about this man and felt he was all right, but waited until after New Year's to write back.
  • So using New Year's as a theme for this article, it's time to take a look back ten years ago.

ring in (or out) the new year

see ring2.

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Syllabification: new year

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