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[yes-ter-yeer, -yeer]
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  1. last year.
  2. the recent years; time not long past.
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  1. during time not long past.
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Origin of yesteryear

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

past, eld

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Contemporary Examples of yesteryear

Historical Examples of yesteryear

  • That was the word the sloppy copyist of yesteryear had wrongly transcribed.


    Roger Arcot

  • 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

    Elizabeth Jordan

  • Oh, well, all flesh is grass, and there is no grass of yesteryear.

  • Like the lovers of yesteryear, those of to-day were prisoners.

    The Golden Triangle

    Maurice Leblanc

British Dictionary definitions for yesteryear


  1. last year or the past in general
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  1. during last year or the past in general
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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?"

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