yesteryear

[ yes-ter-yeer, -yeer ]
/ ˈyɛs tərˈyɪər, -ˌyɪər /

noun

last year.
the recent years; time not long past.

adverb

during time not long past.

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Nearby words

  1. yestermorning,
  2. yestern,
  3. yesternight,
  4. yesternoon,
  5. yesterweek,
  6. yestreen,
  7. yet,
  8. yeti,
  9. yett,
  10. yetta

Origin of yesteryear

yester- + year; apparently introduced by D.G. Rossetti (1870) to render Middle French antan (Villon)

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British Dictionary definitions for yesteryear

yesteryear

/ (ˈjɛstəˌjɪə) formal, or literary /

noun

last year or the past in general

adverb

during last year or the past in general
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Word Origin and History for yesteryear

yesteryear

n.

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?"

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