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[yeer-ling] /ˈyɪər lɪŋ/
an animal in its second year.
a horse one year old, dating from January 1 of the year after the year of foaling.
being a year old.
of a year's duration or standing:
a yearling bride.
Origin of yearling
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see year, -ling1; cognate with German Jährling Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This chapter would not be complete without a word—just a word—about three yearling friends of ours.

    On Guard Upton Sinclair
  • That night Kotick danced the Fire-dance with the yearling seals.

    The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • He's no more to you than a yearling to the hands of Abraham.

    The Garden of Eden Max Brand
  • By autumn the youngster was so big and sleek that he might almost have passed for a yearling.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The deer finally worked up in gun shot, and they proved to be an old doe, a yearling and the doe's fawn.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • Why, he asked mildly, might not the AJ outfit have stolen the yearling?

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Then the yearling came over and eyed with curiosity the resting calf,—the first moose-calf he had ever seen.

    The Kindred of the Wild Charles G. D. Roberts
  • No, I swan if it ain't a yearling as has been pulled down now.

  • After sunset, the mate, adventuring up the bay, shot a yearling moose.

    The Secret Cache E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • About that time the forest folk had begun to speak of him as a "yearling."

    The Tale of Nimble Deer Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for yearling


the young of any of various animals, including the antelope and buffalo, between one and two years of age
a thoroughbred racehorse counted for racing purposes as being one year old until the second Jan 1 following its birth
  1. a bond that is intended to mature after one year
  2. (as modifier): yearling bonds
being a year old
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for yearling

mid-15c., from year + -ling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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