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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 of yesteryear
yester- + year; apparently introduced by D.G. Rossetti (1870) to render Middle French antan (Villon)
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  • That was the word the sloppy copyist of yesteryear had wrongly transcribed.

    G-r-r-r...! Roger Arcot
  • yesteryear he was mad for the open air, and the games, and the joy of life.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • They understand that the gowns being worn in Paris before March are the gowns of yesteryear.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • Like the lovers of yesteryear, those of to-day were prisoners.

    The Golden Triangle Maurice Leblanc
  • Forgotten were the nine cubs of the year before, and the quartettes and sextettes of many a yesteryear.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
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?"

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