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

n a racehorse considered one year old until the second Jan. 1 following its birth

Type of:
bangtail, race horse, racehorse
a horse bred for racing

n an animal in its second year

Type of:
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials

n a young child

bambino, toddler, tot
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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