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[yes-ter-yeer, -yeer] /ˈyɛs tərˈyɪər, -ˌyɪər/
last year.
the recent years; time not long past.
during time not long past.
Origin of yesteryear
yester- + year; apparently introduced by D.G. Rossetti (1870) to render Middle French antan (Villon) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for yesteryear
  • Many farmers, responding to consumer demand, are delving into the tomato's preindustrial past to find the flavors of yesteryear.
  • It's white and plastic, a sure-fire homage to the iPods of yesteryear.
  • First, the server crashes and scams of yesteryear have diminished.
  • The system almost guarantees that fresh capital goes to the losers of yesteryear.
  • The fat, the impulsive and the untidy are genetically normal, but they are equipped for yesteryear.
  • The best-known models of yesteryear often led rags-to-riches lives, courtesy of the rag trade.
  • Its showcases feature iconic images of the great liners of yesteryear.
  • Over the past several years, a community of developers and fans infatuated with the games and styles of yesteryear has developed.
  • Snapshots were a kind of social media: they were designed to be shared in the once-ubiquitous albums of yesteryear.
  • Recipes that call for a leaf of radicchio in the presentation are hauntingly reminiscent of the lettuce cups of yesteryear.
British Dictionary definitions for yesteryear


last year or the past in general
during last year or the past in general
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Word Origin and History for yesteryear

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?"

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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