yesteryear

noun
yes·​ter·​year | \ ˈye-stər-ˌyir How to pronounce yesteryear (audio) \

Definition of yesteryear

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

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Other Words from yesteryear

yesteryear adverb

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.”

Examples of yesteryear in a Sentence

the simple games of yesteryear that kept children entertained for hours
Recent Examples on the Web Gone is the climate of yesteryear, and there’s no going back. John Branch, New York Times, "Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.," 22 Sep. 2020 This magical ingredient that was hugely popular in the ice cream and soda shops of yesteryear is making a comeback in Moss’ s’mores dip. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "6 delish ways to make s’mores at home, no campfire required," 18 Sep. 2020 Frank Wright, a Washington artist who painted scenes of yesteryear, happenings on the Mall, the capital city and its people, and memorable local events, died Aug. 9 at his home in the District. Washington Post, "Frank Wright, Washington artist who had brush with success, dies at 87," 16 Sep. 2020 Kodak, the photography giant of yesteryear, was trading at less than $3 before the surprise move into Covid-19 pharmaceuticals in late July drove the stock price to as high as $60. Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg.com, "Kodak Surges After Review Finds CEO Options Weren’t Illegal," 16 Sep. 2020 While the Democratic leaders of yesteryear can point to experience and achievement, many of them are aging white men. Steve Peoples, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden’s convention focus: Experience to fix Trump’s chaos," 18 Aug. 2020 Griping about the political nature of today’s late-night talk shows involves, as usual, a lot of pining for yesteryear and the way things used to be. Washington Post, "Peacock’s ‘The Sit-In’ recounts the amazing week in 1968 that Harry Belafonte took Johnny Carson’s place," 9 Sep. 2020 While the Democratic leaders of yesteryear can point to experience and achievement, many of them are aging white men. Steve Peoples, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden’s convention focus: Experience to fix Trump’s chaos," 18 Aug. 2020 Apple is bigger, more powerful, more entrenched, and more pernicious than the monopolists of yesteryear. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Epic files suit against Apple after Fortnite pulled from iOS App Store [Updated]," 13 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'yesteryear.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of yesteryear

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yesteryear

yesterday + year

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The first known use of yesteryear was in 1870

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26 Sep 2020

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“Yesteryear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yesteryear. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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yesteryear

noun
yes·​ter·​year | \ ˈye-stər-ˌyir How to pronounce yesteryear (audio) \

Kids Definition of yesteryear

: a time in the past

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