[ yes-ter-dey, -dee ]
/ ˈyɛs tərˌdeɪ, -di /


on the day preceding this day.
a short time ago: Yesterday your money went further.


the day preceding this day.
time in the immediate past.


belonging or pertaining to the day before or to a time in the immediate past: yesterday morning.

Origin of yesterday

before 950; Middle English; Old English geostran dæg. See yester-, day

Related forms

yes·ter·day·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for yesterday

British Dictionary definitions for yesterday


/ (ˈjɛstədɪ, -ˌdeɪ) /


the day immediately preceding today
(often plural) the recent past


on or during the day before today
in the recent past
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Idioms and Phrases with yesterday


see not born yesterday.

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