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1yesterday

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

: on, during, or for the day before today

Full Definition of YESTERDAY

1
:  on the day last past :  on the day preceding today
2
:  at a time not long past :  only a short time ago <I wasn't born yesterday>
yesterday adjective
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Examples of YESTERDAY

  1. It rained heavily yesterday afternoon.
  2. I mailed the application early yesterday morning.
  3. It was good to see you yesterday.

Origin 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

2yesterday

noun

: the day before today

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

Full Definition of YESTERDAY

1
:  the day last past :  the day next before the present
2
:  recent time :  time not long past
3
:  past time —usually used in plural

Examples of YESTERDAY

  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.

First Known Use of YESTERDAY

before 12th century
YESTERDAY Defined for Kids

1yesterday

adverb yes·ter·day \ˈye-stər-dē\

Definition of YESTERDAY for Kids

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

2yesterday

noun

Definition of YESTERDAY for Kids

1
:  the day before today <Yesterday was my birthday.>
2
:  the past in general <Actors were dressed in the fashions of yesterday.>

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