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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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Examples from the Web for yester
Historical Examples
  • He had forgotten the pangs of that as one forgets almost all his yester aches.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • We were among our contemporary ancestors, far on the road to yester century.

    The Greater Love

    George T. McCarthy
  • Where are the roses of last summer, the snows of yester year?

  • For this cause came Wat to Smithfield yester morn, to take the King.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • Her 'ont want no more knockin' on the head, this zide of yester, to my reckoning.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • Probably she had not touched her dress since yester evening.

    Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
  • Waltzes have an unfortunate habit of reviving the memories of yester year.

    A Safety Match

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

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates
  • Ah, those summer nights, when hearts are virginal: they are old as Paradise, young as yester eve!

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy
  • But yester eve a party of merchants came slowly on their mules from Dusseldorf.

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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