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
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.
People can see a fully animatronic Abraham Lincoln at places such as Disneyland, which makes the Hall of Presidents seem like yesteryear.
MULTIGRAIN DESSERTS (don’t wince) are no longer the leaden-but-virtuous pastries of yesteryear.
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.
And how that stacks up against the advances of yesteryear is the great question of whether an era of innovation remains underway, or has slowed way down.
Narrated by Tom Brokaw, the spot harkens back to yesteryear with a heavy dose of nostalgia and historical clips played in reverse.
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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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