Yester-day

yesterday

[yes-ter-dey, -dee]
adverb
1.
on the day preceding this day.
2.
a short time ago: Yesterday your money went further.
noun
3.
the day preceding this day.
4.
time in the immediate past.
adjective
5.
belonging or pertaining to the day before or to a time in the immediate past: yesterday morning.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English; Old English geostran dæg. See yester-, day

yesterdayness, noun
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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

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yesterday
O.E. geostran dæg, from dæg "day" + geostran "yesterday," from P.Gmc. *gestra- (cf. O.H.G. gestaron, Ger. gestern "yesterday," O.N. gær "tomorrow, yesterday," Goth. gistradagis "tomorrow"), originally "the other day" (reckoned from "today," either backward or forward), from PIE *ghes
(cf. Skt. hyah, Avestan zyo, Pers. di, Gk. khthes, L. heri, O.Ir. indhe, Welsh doe "yesterday;" L. hesternus "of yesterday").
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