Definitions for yesterdayˈyɛs tərˌdeɪ, -di

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

yes•ter•dayˈyɛs tərˌdeɪ, -di(adv.)

  1. on the day before this day.

  2. in the or a previous era:

    Yesterday your money went further.

  3. (n.)the day before this day.

  4. time in the immediate past.

  5. (adj.)belonging or pertaining to the day before or to an immediate past time:

    yesterday morning.

Origin of yesterday:

bef. 950; ME; OE geostran dæg; cf. Go gistradagis tomorrow

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yesterday(noun)

    the day immediately before today

    "it was in yesterday's newspapers"

  2. yesterday(adverb)

    the recent past

    "yesterday's solutions are not good enough"; "we shared many yesterdays"

  3. yesterday(adverb)

    on the day preceding today

    "yesterday the weather was beautiful"

  4. yesterday(adverb)

    in the recent past; only a short time ago

    "I was not born yesterday!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. yesterday(adverb)ˈyɛs tərˌdeɪ, -di

    happening or done the day before today

    It was my birthday yesterday.; I saw the movie yesterday afternoon.

  2. yesterday(noun)ˈyɛs tərˌdeɪ, -di

    the day before today

    Yesterday was a good day


  1. yesterday(Noun)

    The day before today. 'Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow'. It can also understand as a day ago.

    Yesterday was rainy, but by this morning it had begun to snow.

  2. yesterday(Noun)

    The (recent) past, often disparaging.

  3. yesterday(Adverb)

    On the day before today

    I started to watch the video yesterday, but could only finish it this evening.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yesterday(noun)

    the day last past; the day next before the present

  2. Yesterday(noun)

    fig.: A recent time; time not long past

  3. Yesterday(adverb)

    on the day last past; on the day preceding to-day; as, the affair took place yesterday

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. yesterday

    1. One evil less and one memory more. 2. A short-change artist, from whom we can never recover. 3. A period of time that has always existed, in contradistinction to a period of time called tomorrow that can never exist. 4. A mirror wherein if we look long enough we will see ourselves as others could never possibly see us. 5. The Eden of the sentimental. (Time is divided into yesterday, today and tomorrow, which are but three varieties of the same metaphysical tetter. In the beginning was the Infinite, and the Infinite begat Time, and Time begat Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yesterday' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #490

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yesterday' in Written Corpus Frequency: #499

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yesterday' in Adverbs Frequency: #66

Translations for yesterday

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(on) the day before today

Yesterday was a tiring day; He went home yesterday.

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