yesteryear

noun yes·ter·year \ ˈye-stər-ˌyir \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of yesteryear

1 : last year
2 : time gone by; especially : the recent past

yesteryear

adverb

Examples of yesteryear in a Sentence

  1. the simple games of yesteryear that kept children entertained for hours

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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



YESTERYEAR Defined for Kids

yesteryear

noun yes·ter·year \ ˈye-stər-ˌyir \

Definition of yesteryear for Students

: a time in the past


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