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yesteryear

[yes-ter-yeer, -yeer] /ˈyɛs tərˈyɪər, -ˌyɪər/
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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British Dictionary definitions for yester-year

yesteryear

/ˈjɛstəˌjɪə/
noun
1.
last year or the past in general
adverb
2.
during last year or the past in general
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Word Origin and History for yester-year

yesteryear

n.

coined 1870 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from yester(day) + year to translate French antan (from Vulgar Latin *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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