Definition of yearling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyirliNG/


1An animal (especially a sheep, calf, or foal) a year old, or in its second year.
Example sentences
  • He mates them to a Charolais bull and keeps the calves until they are yearlings.
  • Send yearlings to the feedlot early and curtail replacement heifer production for a year.
  • L. J. Express has sired three foals in one crop of racing age and has two yearlings in his second crop.
1.1A racehorse in the calendar year after its year of foaling.
Example sentences
  • The structure that was destroyed was a barn used for foaling mares and prepping yearlings.
  • Killed in the fire were four horses that were being laid up from the racetrack, two yearlings, and one weanling.
  • The final day will feature mostly yearlings and horses of racing age.


1Having lived or existed for a year; a year old: a yearling calf
More example sentences
  • It can add weight to yearling cattle or increase cow condition prior to winter.
  • Now 11, last week's yearling filly at Doncaster was her first to make the sales ring.
  • The effect of varying levels of Ca on bone density of yearling horses is reported in Table 4.
1.1Relating to something that is a year old: the yearling market
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  • Final totals for the premier yearling market in France extended beyond the hopes of the sales company.
  • Mulholland, whose farm mainly breeds to sell for the yearling market, said he was buying at OBS for the first time.
  • Seattle Dancer's enduring moment of fame came in July 1985 when offered at the Keeneland July selected yearling sale at the height of the boom in the yearling market.

Words that rhyme with yearling


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Syllabification: year·ling

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