Definition of yesteryear
1 : last year
2 : time gone by; especially : the recent past
Examples of yesteryear in a sentence
the simple games of yesteryear that kept children entertained for hours
Recent Examples of yesteryear from the web
People can see a fully animatronic Abraham Lincoln at places such as Disneyland, which makes the Hall of Presidents seem like yesteryear.
While the decadent drink may conjure up many happy memories from yesteryear, today’s versions are pretty fancy.
Its exes are everywhere, though approaching any of them would require a new humility, as the Britain of yesteryear wasn’t a particularly modest or accommodating suitor.
Specifically, to the heady heights of yesteryear’s technology valuations.
Narrated by Tom Brokaw, the spot harkens back to yesteryear with a heavy dose of nostalgia and historical clips played in reverse.
Until that figure arrives, action movie fans will just have to be content with more slam-bang sagas from yesteryear's ass-kickers.
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Word History of yesteryear
Mais où sont les neiges d’antan is the refrain of a famous poem by François Villon, translated as “But where are the snows of yesteryear?” The line is understood to express a melancholy nostalgia.
The translation was by the English poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Both the French antan and yesteryear originally simply meant “last year,” but today their meaning has broadened to “time gone by.”
Origin and Etymology of yesteryear
yesterday + year
First Known Use: 1870
YESTERYEAR Defined for Kids
Definition of yesteryear for Students
: a time in the past
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