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
Related stories from Star-Telegram Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys have drama of yesteryear.
The traveling show features eight teams filled with NBA cult favorites of yesteryear, and will hit 10 cities this summer, including a championship game in Las Vegas on Aug. 26.
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.
Some of my favorite images of the old movie theaters of yesteryear are the ones captured by Chicago Tribune photographers of The Biograph on the night of the Dillinger shoot-out.
A tragic modern version of the ‘Middle Passage’ has taken place in the Mediterranean, whose deceptively calm waves became the watery graves of many a refugee braving the sea on rickety, overflowing boats operated by greedy seamen, the slave traders of yesteryear.
Chief among Day’s interests in the partnership is avoiding the kind of overruns and delays of DIA yesteryear.
For Gerda Noack, a 92-year-old retired hat maker born and raised in Dresden, the yesteryear room has been a blessing.
But, at base, his Chopin today is not that different from his Chopin of yesteryear, which may cause admiration and a certain excitement but not likely rapture.
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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: 1870See Words from the same year
YESTERYEAR Defined for Kids
Definition of yesteryear for Students
: a time in the past
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