What is another word for leap year?

86 synonyms found


[ lˈiːp jˈi͡ə], [ lˈiːp jˈi‍ə], [ l_ˈiː_p j_ˈiə]

A leap year is a year with 366 days, instead of the usual 365 days, due to the addition of an extra day in February. There are different words that people use to refer to this special type of year. Some synonyms include bissextile year, intercalary year, and leap year cycle. Bissextile year comes from the Latin bissextus, meaning "twice sixth", which refers to the additional day added to February. Intercalary year refers to the extra day being inserted into the calendar. Leap year cycle refers to the four-year pattern in which leap years occur. Whatever you call it, a leap year is an important concept in our system of timekeeping.

How to use "Leap year" in context?

A leap year is a year with an extra day, February 29th. It is not a day of the week, it is not a month, it is not a year. It is an extra day that is added to the calendar every 4 years. This is done to correct the Julian calendar, which was created by the Roman Empire.

The Julian calendar had a year that was 365.24 days long. This was not close to the length of a year as it took about 365.25 days for the earth to go around the sun.

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