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

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

    The Greater Love

    George T. McCarthy

  • This is the proper tone to use when dealing with elderly muttonheads; with the Harpers of yester year.


    Ezra Pound

  • These dry answers of Newbattle servants remind us of a similar state of communication in a Yester domestic.

  • Yester eve he stole my cattle from the meadow, and drove them straight towards Pylos to the shore of the sounding sea.

  • He would not have to look back and compare his last term unfavourably with the glories of yester year.

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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