[ yes-ter ]
/ ˈyɛs tər /

adjective Archaic.

of or relating to yesterday.
Also yestern.

Origin of yester

1570–80; back formation from yesterday, etc.

Definition for yester (2 of 2)


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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for yester (1 of 2)

/ (ˈjɛstə) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for yester (2 of 2)



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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