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 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, "Leaked draft details Trump’s likely attack on technology giants," 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, "Meat plant closures amid coronavirus leave farmers stranded, could create pork shortages," 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, "The Great Decoupling," 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, "A Coronavirus ‘Containment Area,’ and Region’s First Death," 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, "Hong Kong has reported its first coronavirus death," 3 Feb. 2020 The new coronavirus, which is spreading faster and wider than similar respiratory diseases such as SARS or MERS, killed 38 people in China yesterday as concerns about the severity and mutation of the disease mount. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Outsiders forbidden': Coronavirus kills 38 in biggest single-day jump since outbreak," 30 Jan. 2020 During appearances in Cape Town yesterday and at Monwabisi Beach today, the duchess was seen without the iconic piece of diamond jewelry given to her by her husband. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Swapped Her Engagement Ring for a Smaller Ring During the Royal Tour," 24 Sep. 2019 For Mahir Ahmad Amiri, yesterday is last year is tomorrow is a decade ago. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Robbed of his American dream, a former U.S. Army translator is now a desperate Dallas shooting victim," 2 Jan. 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 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for yesterday

yesterday

adverb
How to pronounce yesterday (audio)

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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