Definition of new year in US English:

new year


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

    ‘Happy New Year!’
    ‘we're looking ahead to a profitable start to 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.’
    • ‘However, the new year began with the death of a man in Waterville, Co Kerry.’
    • ‘You're meant to make resolutions on New Year's Eve for the new year.’
    • ‘The old year ended and the new year began with the American economy in good shape.’
    • ‘A new year has begun and they hope it will be an even better one for the children of Belarus.’
    • ‘So as we begin a new year, let's make it a point to meet with the Holy Spirit every day.’
    • ‘The president will face a number of critical domestic challenges as the new year begins.’
    • ‘Now, two months into the new year, the consequences appear to be far milder than the insurers suggested.’
    • ‘The appreciation indices also continued to rise, averaging a phenomenal 85 in the early months of the new year.’
    • ‘We can begin again: a new year is upon us with fresh resolutions to spoil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The new year has scarcely begun, but Americans watching television have already heard a lot about God.’
    • ‘Hundreds of people began the new year in the icy waters at South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, to raise cash for charity.’
    • ‘I am pleased to be able to begin the new year with news of another gigantic Irish's Movie Review Column ticket giveaway.’
    • ‘The new year began as the last one ended, in fear, horror and bloodshed.’
    • ‘We begin with a very happy new year on this auspicious new year for Jewish viewers and listeners around the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The first few days or weeks of a year.
      ‘interest rates may climb 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He will present it to the planners in the new year.’
      • ‘In the new year they hope to sell it for $1.5m and move to Hawaii.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And today Bradford Council confirmed that a major project to resurface the road and pavements would get underway in the new year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Jakarta Post talked to a few individuals who suggested that the nation focus on manpower and employment issues in the new year.’
      • ‘Three Waterford born soccer players have this week been nominated for FAI awards, which take place 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.’
      • ‘Motorists still face price increases 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.’
      • ‘Deen Celtic are set to launch their girls team in the new year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A self-contained nursery run as part of the Thorpe Edge Community Project, which manages the centre, will open in the new year.’
      • ‘Steve Ellis, Rochdale police station's community affairs inspector, hopes have the centres operational 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.’
      • ‘Now Sugartown, whose members are all aged 21, are looking to make further progress in the new year with the fresh American boost.’
      • ‘There will also be a second series in the new year.’
    2. 1.2 The period immediately before and after December 31.
      ‘the facilities are closed over Christmas and New Year’
      • ‘Does crime increase 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.’


  • New Year's

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We all know that New Year's 2000 was one of the most overhyped events of our lifetimes.’
      • ‘If you're planning on heading out of the city this New Year's, party it up at this West Island staple.’
      • ‘One of my most fond memories of Croydon was a New Year's party in the Dog & Bull.’
      • ‘In her New Year's address she tells people to relax because we are still better off than some countries.’
      • ‘Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and excellent New Year's.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He looked good for a party, but not the New Year's Party which everyone was going to.’
      • ‘If you want more, rumour has it they're getting together for a special New Year's party.’
      • ‘There will be two new episodes of the Vicar of Dibley for Christmas and New Year's!’
      • ‘Finally my New Year's resolution was to quit work and dedicate more time to the children and the family as a whole.’
      • ‘This lower Main upstart offers two rooms of tunes to tempt you this New Year's.’
      • ‘It was a week after the New Year's celebration, when you feel so fed up with fireworks.’
      • ‘A most blessed and joyous season is wished for all and the brightest of New Year's.’


new year

/ˌn(j)u ˈjɪr//ˌn(y)o͞o ˈyir/