yesterday


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yes·ter·day

 (yĕs′tər-dā′, -dē)
n.
1. The day before the present day.
2. also yesterdays Time in the past, especially the recent past.
adv.
1. On the day before the present day.
2. A short while ago.

[Middle English, from Old English geostran dæg : geostran, yesterday; see yester- + dæg, day; see day.]

yesterday

(ˈjɛstədɪ; -ˌdeɪ)
n
1. the day immediately preceding today
2. (often plural) the recent past
adv
3. on or during the day before today
4. in the recent past

yes•ter•day

(ˈyɛs tərˌdeɪ, -di)

adv.
1. on the day before this day.
2. in the or a previous era: Yesterday your money went further.
n.
3. the day before this day.
4. time in the immediate past.
adj.
5. belonging or pertaining to the day before or to an immediate past time: yesterday morning.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English geostran dæg; compare Gothic gistradagis tomorrow]

yesterday

  • hestern, hesternal - Hestern or hesternal means "pertaining to yesterday."
  • nudiustertian - Pertaining to the day before yesterday.
  • pridian - "Of or relating to a previous day or yesterday; former."
  • yesterday - The yester of yesterday and yesteryear was a word on its own, meaning "yesterday," but by Old English it had become a collocation with "day."

yesterday

Yesterday means the day before today.

It was hot yesterday.
We spent yesterday in Glasgow.

You refer to the morning and afternoon of the day before today as yesterday morning and yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday morning I went for a run.
Heavy rain fell here yesterday afternoon.

You can also talk about yesterday evening, but it is more common to refer to the previous evening as last night.

I met your husband last night.
I've been thinking about what you said last night.

You can also use last night to refer to the previous night.

We left our bedroom window open last night.

Be Careful!
Don't talk about 'yesterday night'.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yesterday - the day immediately before today; "it was in yesterday's newspapers"
24-hour interval, day, mean solar day, solar day, twenty-four hour period, twenty-four hours - time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis; "two days later they left"; "they put on two performances every day"; "there are 30,000 passengers per day"
2.yesterday - the recent past; "yesterday's solutions are not good enough"; "we shared many yesterdays"
past, past times, yesteryear - the time that has elapsed; "forget the past"
Adv.1.yesterday - on the day preceding today; "yesterday the weather was beautiful"
2.yesterday - in the recent past; only a short time ago; "I was not born yesterday!"

yesterday

noun
A former period of time or of one's life:
Idioms: bygone days, days gone by, the good old days, the old days.
Translations
أمسأَمْسأمْس، البارِحَه
вчера
včeravčerejšek
i går
hieraŭ
eileneilineneilispäivä
jučer
tegnap
kemarin
gærdagurí gær
昨日
어제
hereherihesternus
vakar
vakarvakardiena
ieri
včeravčerajšok
včerajpredvčerajšnjim
igårgårdagi går
เมื่อวานนี้
ngày hôm qua

yesterday

[ˈjestədeɪ]
A. ADVayer
yesterday afternoonayer por la tarde
yesterday morning/eveningayer por la mañana/tarde
all day yesterdaytodo el día de ayer
late yesterdayayer a última hora
I wasn't born yesterdayno me chupo el dedo
B. Nayer m
the day before yesterdayanteayer
yesterday was Mondayayer era lunes
all our yesterdaystodos nuestros ayeres

yesterday

[ˈjɛstərdeɪ ˈjɛstərdi]
advhier
She left yesterday → Elle est partie hier.
all day yesterday → toute la journée d'hier
n
(= day before) → hier m
yesterday's paper → le journal d'hier
yesterday's meeting → la réunion d'hier
the day before yesterday → avant-hier
(= the past) → hier
The worker of today is different from the worker of yesterday → Le travailleur d'aujourd'hui n'est plus le même que celui d'hier., Le travailleur d'aujourd'hui n'est plus le même que celui d'autrefois.yesterday afternoon advhier après-midiyesterday evening advhier soiryesterday morning advhier matin

yesterday

nGestern nt; the fashions of yesterdaydie Mode von gestern; all our yesterdaysunsere ganze Vergangenheit
adv (lit, fig)gestern; yesterday morning/afternoon/eveninggestern Morgen/Nachmittag/Abend; he was at home all (day) yesterdayer war gestern den ganzen Tag zu Hause; the day before yesterdayvorgestern; a week ago yesterdaygestern vor einer Woche ? born

yesterday

[ˈjɛstəˌdeɪ]
1. advieri
yesterday morning/evening → ieri mattina/sera
the day before yesterday → l'altro ieri
a week yesterday (past) → una settimana fa, ieri
late yesterday → ieri in serata
it rained all (day) yesterday → ieri è piovuto tutto il giorno
the great men of yesterday → i grandi uomini del passato
2. nieri m inv

yesterday

(ˈjestədi) noun, adverb
(on) the day before today. Yesterday was a tiring day; He went home yesterday.

yesterday

أَمْس včera i går gestern χτες ayer eilen hier jučer ieri 昨日 어제 gisteren i går wczoraj ontem вчера igår เมื่อวานนี้ dün ngày hôm qua 昨天

yesterday

adv. ayer.

yesterday

adv ayer
References in classic literature ?
I told you I'd make you pay for being so cross yesterday, and I have, so.
I saw it yesterday and it put me in mind of what I have long wanted to do," he said, and again he looked away over the head of the boy with the wavering, uncertain stare in his eyes.
Ambrosch come along by the cornfield yesterday where I was at work and showed me three prairie dogs he'd shot.
I returned day before yesterday," he answered, while he leaned his arm on the keys, bringing forth a crash of discordant sound.
That Le Renard has power with his people, I well know," said Montcalm; "for yesterday he hunted for their scalps, and to-day they hear him at the council-fire.
It's right mean that Fairfax and Mattingly had to go down to Lagrange on some low business yesterday, but they'll be back to-morrow.
The impression she gave me there yesterday was, I assure you, the very strangest of all; it was quite beyond any of the others.
Clear old prime Nantucket water; which, when three years afloat, the Nantucketer, in the Pacific, prefers to drink before the brackish fluid, but yesterday rafted off in casks, from the Peruvian or Indian streams.
Just snuffed out," said the other; "he died at four o'clock this morning; all yesterday he was raving -- raving about Skinner, and having no Sundays.
But I must object to your dooming Colonel Brandon and his wife to the constant confinement of a sick chamber, merely because he chanced to complain yesterday (a very cold damp day) of a slight rheumatic feel in one of his shoulders.
Nothing happened yesterday to prepare me or to prepare Norah for this last -- I had almost said, this worst -- of all our afflictions.
Yesterday, when I was leading back the calf which you refused to sacrifice, I noticed that she smiled, and then directly afterwards began to cry.