- last year.
- the recent years; time not long past.
- during time not long past.
Origin of yesteryear
Examples from the Web for yesteryear
But the question is, could a thawing of relations result in a return to the mobbed-up action of yesteryear?Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?
John L. Smith
December 18, 2014
Or a horse and carriage, like the one driven a young man in a tweed suit and cap from yesteryear, as he gazed up at the stars.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
There were boyish suits from yesteryear with puffy white sleeves and fur collars worn by androgynous creatures with white faces.Valentino, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen at Paris Fashion Week
March 4, 2014
I could use this opportunity to become as stylish and perhaps as divine as many of the heroines of yesteryear.A Breast Cancer Alphabet: F Is For Fashion Accessories
February 23, 2014
But here the design resembled something from track practice on a muddy English lawn from yesteryear, rather than high-tech Adidas.Viktor & Rolf's Prep School
September 28, 2013
That was the word the sloppy copyist of yesteryear had wrongly transcribed.G-r-r-r...!
Yesteryear he was mad for the open air, and the games, and the joy of life.The God of Love
Justin Huntly McCarthy
In that moment books and plays seemed like the snows of yesteryear.May Iverson's Career
Oh, well, all flesh is grass, and there is no grass of yesteryear.The Little Lady of the Big House
Like the lovers of yesteryear, those of to-day were prisoners.The Golden Triangle
- last year or the past in general
- during last year or the past in general
Word Origin and History for yesteryear
coined 1870 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from yester(day) + year to translate French antan (from Vulgar Latin *anteannum "the year before") in a refrain by François Villon: Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan? which Rossetti rendered "But where are the snows of yesteryear?"