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[yes-ter] /ˈyɛs tər/
adjective, Archaic.
of or relating to yesterday.
Also, yestern.
Origin of yester
1570-80; back formation from yesterday, etc.


a combining form, now unproductive, occurring in words that denote an extent of time one period prior to the present period, the nature of the period being specified by the second element of the compound:
Middle English; Old English geostran, giestron; cognate with Dutch gisteren, German gestern; akin to Latin hesternus of yesterday Unabridged
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  • Her 'ont want no more knockin' on the head, this zide of yester, to my reckoning.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • We were among our contemporary ancestors, far on the road to yester century.

    The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
  • But God behelde my tribulation/ and the laboure of my handes: and rebuked the yester daye.

  • Where are the roses of last summer, the snows of yester year?

  • Waltzes have an unfortunate habit of reviving the memories of yester year.

    A Safety Match Ian Hay
  • He had forgotten the pangs of that as one forgets almost all his yester aches.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Had it been yester evening, I would have met the best blade among these men at arms as blythely as ever I danced at a maypole.

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • For this cause came Wat to Smithfield yester morn, to take the King.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • These dry answers of Newbattle servants remind us of a similar state of communication in a yester domestic.

  • Miss Wentstile was a lady of commanding presence, whose youth was with the snows of yester year.

    Love in a Cloud Arlo Bates
British Dictionary definitions for yester


(archaic) of or relating to yesterday: yester sun Also yestern (ˈjɛstən)
Word Origin
Old English geostror; related to Old High German gestaron, Gothic gistra, Old Norse ī gǣr


indicating the day before today: yesterday
indicating a period of time before the present one: yesteryear
Word Origin
Old English geostran; compare German gestern, Latin hesternus of yesterday
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