yesterday

adverb
yes·ter·day | \ ˈye-stər-(ˌ)dā , -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

auld lang syne, history, past, yesteryear, yore

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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

After wearing three looks in one day yesterday, Markle continued her style streak in Ireland by changing into a second outfit for her next event with Harry—visiting Croke Park. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Roland Mouret Dress and Givenchy Suit in Ireland with Prince Harry," 11 July 2018 Homeland Security @SecNielsen did a fabulous job yesterday at the press conference explaining security at the border and for our country, while at the same time recommending changes to obsolete & nasty laws, which force family separation. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Protesters Crash Kirstjen Nielsen’s Dinner at a Mexican Restaurant," 20 June 2018 Over the course of 15 hours yesterday, at an auction conducted by Richard Wright, wealthy fans of the Four Seasons restaurant mourned its closing by dropping astronomical sums on the furniture and objects that made up its iconic interior. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Four Seasons Auction Made $4.1 Million," 27 July 2016 This after an uncharacteristically diplomatic response from North Korea overnight to the letter that the President sent to Kim Jong-un yesterday morning canceling the summit. Fox News, "Grenell: NKorea feels pressure of Trump's tough diplomacy," 26 May 2018 Several of the other little bridal party members (there are 10 in total!) also came to yesterday’s rehearsal. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "One More Day! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Arrive at Windsor Castle for Final Wedding Rehearsal," 18 May 2018 Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds had a date night yesterday evening in New York City, attending the premiere of A Quiet Place, which was directed by John Krasinski and costars Emily Blunt. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Suit Up Together," 3 Apr. 2018 Slept 0 minutes last night … worked 15 hours yesterday and back at work again at 5:30 am. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Hilary Duff Blasts Her Neighbor on Social Media for Smoking 'Cigarettes and Weed All Night Long'," 16 May 2018 Theo Wargo / Getty Images for iHeartMedia WeWork’s acquisition of Chinese co-working startup Naked Hub yesterday marks its sixth acquisition in the past eight months. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "WeWork is on an acquisition spree — and they’re all over the board," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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More Definitions for yesterday

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

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

yesterday

adverb
yes·ter·day | \ ˈye-stər-dē \

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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