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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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  • 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

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 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?"

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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