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yesteryear

[yes-ter-yeer, -yeer]
noun
1.
last year.
2.
the recent years; time not long past.
adverb
3.
during time not long past.

Origin:
yester- + year; apparently introduced by D.G. Rossetti (1870) to render Middle French antan (Villon)

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yesteryear (ˈjɛstəˌjɪə)
 
n
1.  last year or the past in general
 
adv
2.  during last year or the past in general

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yesteryear
coined 1870 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from yester(day) + year to translate Fr. antan (from V.L. *anteannum "the year before") in a refrain by François Villon: Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan? which Rossetti rendered "But where are the snows of yesteryear?"
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