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

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

Last week’s release of Dekoda Watson and yesterday’s waive-injury of Dadi Nicolas means the Broncos have only the above four outside linebackers on the roster. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos 53-man roster cut-down tracker," 31 Aug. 2019 Apple yesterday sued Corellium, a company that sells access to virtual machines that run copies of the operating system used in iPhones and iPads. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Apple sues company that sells “perfect replicas” of iOS without a license," 16 Aug. 2019 That was the drop in the Dow at the end of the day yesterday — a 2.9 percent dip and the worst day of 2019 for Wall Street. NBC News, "Trump's teleprompter temperament isn't the message — what comes next is," 6 Aug. 2019 In fact, their 1-0 win over Newcastle United yesterday is only their second opening day win in the last five seasons, with the Gunners losing the other three of these. SI.com, "Why Arsenal's Lacklustre Opening Weekend Win Meant More Than it Seemed," 12 Aug. 2019 India’s unilateral redrawing of the borders of its restive Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) state yesterday (Aug. 5) could have far-reaching consequences on democracy and separatism in the region. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "India will have a difficult time resurrecting democracy in Kashmir," 5 Aug. 2019 Here For Golden State Convention By ANDREW MAKARUSHKA More than 200 persons who take their funnies seriously gathered in the U.S. Grant Hotel yesterday for the start of the first San Diego Golden State Comics Convention. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: San Diego’s first Comic-Con featured Ray Bradbury," 19 July 2019 The White House invited critics of climate science to yesterday’s event; they were seated in the audience near the president’s top advisers. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "In Environment Speech, Trump Fails to Mention Climate Change," 9 July 2019 More than 500 residents called Parma City Hall yesterday to complain about the delay. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Parma mayor furious over Republic Services’ delayed pickup of bulk and yard waste from 7,000 households," 4 June 2019

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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

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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