• (British) IPA: /ji.ə(ɹ)z/, /jɜː(ɹ)z/
  1. plural form of year.
    • 1981, May 5 1718-PDT, Jim McGrath, Earliest Usenet use via Google Groups: fa.sf-lovers, said with a smile at an awards ceremony in the Pennsylvania state Capitol
      It will be a shorter book and it will not start four million years ago.
  2. (colloquial, hyperbole) A very long time.
    It took years for the bus to come.
  • (unusually long time) ages, yonks, for ever, donkey’s years, donkey’s

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