yes·​ter·​day | \ ˈye-stər-(ˌ)dā How to pronounce yesterday (audio) , -dē \

Definition of yesterday

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : on the day last past : on the day preceding today
2 : at a time not long past : only a short time ago I wasn't born yesterday



Definition of yesterday (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the day last past : the day next before the present
2 : recent time : time not long past
3 : past time usually used in plural

Synonyms for yesterday

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of yesterday in a Sentence

Adverb It rained heavily yesterday afternoon. I mailed the application early yesterday morning. It was good to see you yesterday. Noun Yesterday's game was canceled because of the rain. The radio program features yesterday's songs as well as today's. Today's cars aren't all that different from the models of yesterday. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While getting dinner at Le Flore en l'Île yesterday, J.Lo looked classic in a pair of nude ballet flats adorned with tiny bows. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 July 2022 It’s not just the U.S., either: as Fortune reports exclusively, the watchdog yesterday also sent TikTok a list of concerns about its data transfers to China. David Meyer, Fortune, 8 July 2022 Tesla issued its fourth price hike of the year yesterday (June 15), raising the starting cost of several versions of the Model 3, Y, S, and X about 5% each. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 16 June 2022 Hockley said the tragedy at Sandy Hook feels like just yesterday most days. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 28 May 2022 Former Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne was shot and killed early yesterday morning in Orlando. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 While Smith’s and Rock’s encounter circulated as the number one topic in the digital world yesterday, Fashion Nova entered the chat with a timely, yet insensitive promotional message. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 29 Mar. 2022 In a Zoom call yesterday with some 300 U.S. lawmakers, Zelenskyy also said a ban on purchasing Russian oil would have greater impact than other economic sanctions. NBC News, 6 Mar. 2022 The Sports Illustrated supermodel dressed in head-to-toe black yesterday while out for a stroll in New York City. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of yesterday


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yesterday


Middle English yisterday, from Old English giestran dæg, from giestran yesterday + dæg day; akin to Old High German gestaron yesterday, Latin heri, Greek chthes

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“Yesterday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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yes·​ter·​day | \ ˈye-stər-dē How to pronounce yesterday (audio) \

Kids Definition of yesterday

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on the day before today I mailed the letter yesterday.



Kids Definition of yesterday (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the day before today Yesterday was my birthday.
2 : the past in general Actors were dressed in the fashions of yesterday.

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