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: yesterweek.

Origin of yester-

Middle English; Old English geostran, giestron; cognate with Dutch gisteren, German gestern; akin to Latin hesternus of yesterday Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for yester

Historical Examples of yester

  • 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.


    R. D. Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for yester



archaic of or relating to yesterdayyester sun Also: yestern (ˈjɛstən)

Word Origin for yester

Old English geostror; related to Old High German gestaron, Gothic gistra, Old Norse ī gǣr



indicating the day before todayyesterday
indicating a period of time before the present oneyesteryear

Word Origin for yester-

Old English geostran; compare German gestern, Latin hesternus of yesterday
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