Definition of new year in English:

new year

noun

  • 1The calendar year just begun or about to begin.

    ‘Happy New Year!’
    • ‘We begin with a very happy new year on this auspicious new year for Jewish viewers and listeners around the world.’
    • ‘The president will face a number of critical domestic challenges as the new year begins.’
    • ‘The appreciation indices also continued to rise, averaging a phenomenal 85 in the early months of the new year.’
    • ‘City of York's top two teams began the new year with a bang thanks to big wins over first teams from Leeds and Stockton respectively.’
    • ‘Hundreds of people began the new year in the icy waters at South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, to raise cash for charity.’
    • ‘A new year has begun and they hope it will be an even better one for the children of Belarus.’
    • ‘You're meant to make resolutions on New Year's Eve for the new year.’
    • ‘As the new year began, though, the economy was showing signs of bottoming out.’
    • ‘Now, as we begin this new year, we want to look at how all of us can meet the Holy Spirit in a new and deeper way.’
    • ‘We can begin again: a new year is upon us with fresh resolutions to spoil.’
    • ‘When they returned me to my flat at the beginning of the new year, I began for the first time to seek new friends in a more conventional way.’
    • ‘The old year ended and the new year began with the American economy in good shape.’
    • ‘So as we begin a new year, let's make it a point to meet with the Holy Spirit every day.’
    • ‘I am pleased to be able to begin the new year with news of another gigantic Irish's Movie Review Column ticket giveaway.’
    • ‘Thus, once the new year has begun, I'm afraid that conflicts regarding the power plant issue will continue to erupt.’
    • ‘We're more than two months into the new year and the question is this.’
    • ‘The new year began as the last one ended, in fear, horror and bloodshed.’
    • ‘However, the new year began with the death of a man in Waterville, Co Kerry.’
    • ‘The new year has scarcely begun, but Americans watching television have already heard a lot about God.’
    • ‘Now, two months into the new year, the consequences appear to be far milder than the insurers suggested.’
    1. 1.1 The first few days or weeks of a year.
      ‘the band is playing at Wembley in the new year’
      • ‘The Jakarta Post talked to a few individuals who suggested that the nation focus on manpower and employment issues in the new year.’
      • ‘A self-contained nursery run as part of the Thorpe Edge Community Project, which manages the centre, will open in the new year.’
      • ‘Deen Celtic are set to launch their girls team in the new year.’
      • ‘And today Bradford Council confirmed that a major project to resurface the road and pavements would get underway in the new year.’
      • ‘The teenager is now looking forward to spending some of the money on a long-awaited holiday with her boyfriend, probably to Spain in the new year.’
      • ‘A plan is taking shape for a big event in the autumn to press for far more money for poor families when bidding for the next government spending round opens in the new year.’
      • ‘They have undergone cycles of IVF, miscarriages and spent thousands of pounds in the pursuit of their aim, and plan to try again in the new year.’
      • ‘There are other challenges out there, a rock climb and more ‘snow'n'ice’ that she will attempt 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.’
      • ‘Play is open to men and women and will initially be confined to Dublin, although a Cork league is to be set up in the new year and Belfast will follow.’
      • ‘Now Sugartown, whose members are all aged 21, are looking to make further progress in the new year with the fresh American boost.’
      • ‘Steve Ellis, Rochdale police station's community affairs inspector, hopes have the centres operational in the new year.’
      • ‘In the new year they hope to sell it for $1.5m and move to Hawaii.’
      • ‘Three Waterford born soccer players have this week been nominated for FAI awards, which take place in the new year.’
      • ‘He will present it to the planners in the new year.’
      • ‘Motorists still face price increases in the new year.’
      • ‘But I have accomplished stage one of my WHO mission, and I should be back in Nauru in the new year.’
      • ‘There will also be a second series in the new year.’
      • ‘He also said with the hiring of temporary judges in the new year, judges would have more time to complete outstanding judgments.’
      • ‘Bellavance says his organization is going to go after the Charest government and urge it to invest more in public transit in the new year.’
    2. 1.2 The period immediately before and after 31 December.
      ‘the facilities are closed over Christmas and New Year’
      • ‘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?’

Phrases

  • New Year's

    • informal New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

      ‘I spent New Year's alone’
      • ‘The little bit I did see was around where I spent my New Year's with the seal family.’
      • ‘The New Year's celebration in the Square was in full swing and could be heard even here.’
      • ‘If you want more, rumour has it they're getting together for a special New Year's party.’
      • ‘So using New Year's as a theme for this article, it's time to take a look back ten years ago.’
      • ‘A most blessed and joyous season is wished for all and the brightest of New Year's.’
      • ‘If you're planning on heading out of the city this New Year's, party it up at this West Island staple.’
      • ‘There will be two new episodes of the Vicar of Dibley for Christmas and New Year's!’
      • ‘A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.’
      • ‘Mr Raistrick used the money to help throw a New Year's party - to which all the villagers were invited.’
      • ‘We all know that New Year's 2000 was one of the most overhyped events of our lifetimes.’
      • ‘In her New Year's address she tells people to relax because we are still better off than some countries.’
      • ‘Finally my New Year's resolution was to quit work and dedicate more time to the children and the family as a whole.’
      • ‘Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and excellent New Year's.’
      • ‘One of my most fond memories of Croydon was a New Year's party in the Dog & Bull.’
      • ‘He would miss Christmas and New Year's and his birthday and he would forever be seven years old.’
      • ‘The period in question is the week following the New Year's party, during which a man was beaten into a coma.’
      • ‘He looked good for a party, but not the New Year's Party which everyone was going to.’
      • ‘It was a week after the New Year's celebration, when you feel so fed up with fireworks.’
      • ‘This lower Main upstart offers two rooms of tunes to tempt you this New Year's.’
      • ‘I had heard a little about this man and felt he was all right, but waited until after New Year's to write back.’
  • see the new year in

    • Stay up until after midnight on 31 December to celebrate the start of a new year.

      • ‘In true Parisian style we saw the new year in in an Irish Bar in the Bastille.’
      • ‘In the morning she said: ‘I had to see the new year in on my own.’’
      • ‘I reckon I am one of very few people who can say that they saw the new year in whilst cowering in a bus shelter.’
      • ‘We saw the new year in accompanied by excellent food, a great crowd of people and to the sound of a piper, a good time was had by all and the evening ended at an appropriately ridiculous hour.’

Pronunciation

new year