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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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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