yesterday

adverb
yes·​ter·​day | \ ˈye-stər-(ˌ)dā How to pronounce yesterday (audio) , -dē \

Definition of yesterday

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun

Definition of yesterday (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for yesterday

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of yesterday in a Sentence

Adverb It rained heavily yesterday afternoon. I mailed the application early yesterday morning. It was good to see you yesterday. Noun Yesterday's game was canceled because of the rain. The radio program features yesterday's songs as well as today's. Today's cars aren't all that different from the models of yesterday.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sound in our backyard was up to 90 dB yesterday! Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2021 The Weather Channel has not responded to questions on whether Cantore was in Alabama at all yesterday. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 25 Mar. 2021 Adds Miller has been working remotely for last 5 days, testing negative every day through yesterday, and is in quarantine after a positive test today. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 6 Oct. 2020 Interestingly, the DC Circuit Appeals Court rejected this argument just yesterday in a case where a conservative activist argued that technology giants had violated her First Amendment rights. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 28 May 2020 Some of them were within five miles of the Tyson plant yesterday when they were told to turn around and head to Iowa. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, 24 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, tit-for-tat actions between the two countries continue: the latest was China’s decision yesterday to expel journalists working for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. David Meyer, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2020 New York Road Runners yesterday canceled the NYC Half, a half-marathon in Brooklyn and Manhattan, which was scheduled for Sunday morning. Azi Paybarah, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2020 The man is the second recorded coronavirus fatality outside mainland China, following the death of a Chinese man in the Philippines yesterday (Feb. 3). Mary Hui, Quartz, 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of yesterday

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yesterday

Adverb

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

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The first known use of yesterday was before the 12th century

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“Yesterday.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yesterday. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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yesterday

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of yesterday

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on, during, or for the day before today

yesterday

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yesterday (Entry 2 of 2)

: the day before today
somewhat formal : a time in the past : the time of previous years

yesterday

adverb
yes·​ter·​day | \ ˈye-stər-dē How to pronounce yesterday (audio) \

Kids Definition of yesterday

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

yesterday

noun

Kids Definition of yesterday (Entry 2 of 2)

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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