A yearling is a young horse, older than a foal but not yet two years old. Yearlings are generally too young to ride.

While the word yearling usually refers to a filly or a colt — a horse between the ages of one and two, of either sex — you can use it to talk about any animal of that age. It might sound a little funny, but go ahead and describe your one year old cat as a yearling. The word combines year, from the Old English gear, and the diminutive suffix -ling, which is often used in words describing young animals, like gosling and duckling.

Definitions of yearling
  1. noun
    a racehorse considered one year old until the second Jan. 1 following its birth
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    type of:
    bangtail, race horse, racehorse
    a horse bred for racing
  2. noun
    an animal in its second year
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    type of:
    eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
    mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
  3. noun
    a young child
    synonyms: bambino, toddler, tot
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    type of:
    child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster
    a young person of either sex
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