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yesterday

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adverb yes·ter·day \ˈyes-tər-(ˌ)dā, -dē\

Simple Definition of yesterday

  • : on, during, or for the day before today

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of yesterday

  1. 1 :  on the day last past :  on the day preceding today

  2. 2 :  at a time not long past :  only a short time ago <I wasn't born yesterday>

yesterday

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Examples of yesterday in a sentence

  1. It rained heavily yesterday afternoon.

  2. I mailed the application early yesterday morning.

  3. It was good to see you yesterday.



Origin and Etymology of yesterday

Middle English yisterday, from Old English giestran dæg, from giestran yesterday + dæg day; akin to Old High German gestaron yesterday, Latin heri, Greek chthes


First Known Use: before 12th century


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yesterday

noun yes·ter·day

Simple Definition of yesterday

  • : the day before today

  • : a time in the past : the time of previous years

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of yesterday

  1. 1 :  the day last past :  the day next before the present

  2. 2 :  recent time :  time not long past

  3. 3 :  past time —usually used in plural

Examples of yesterday in a sentence

  1. Yesterday's game was canceled because of the rain.

  2. The radio program features yesterday's songs as well as today's.

  3. Today's cars aren't all that different from the models of yesterday.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of yesterday

before 12th century



YESTERDAY Defined for Kids

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yesterday

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adverb yes·ter·day \ˈye-stər-dē\

Definition of yesterday for Students

  1. :  on the day before today <I mailed the letter yesterday.>




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yesterday

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noun yes·ter·day

Definition of yesterday for Students

  1. 1 :  the day before today <Yesterday was my birthday.>

  2. 2 :  the past in general <Actors were dressed in the fashions of yesterday.>





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