What does yesterday mean?

Definitions for yesterday
ˈyɛs tərˌdeɪ, -diyes·ter·day

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. yesterdaynoun

    the day immediately before today

    "it was in yesterday's newspapers"

  2. yesterdayadverb

    the recent past

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

  3. yesterdayadverb

    on the day preceding today

    "yesterday the weather was beautiful"

  4. yesterdayadverb

    in the recent past; only a short time ago

    "I was not born yesterday!"

Wiktionary

  1. yesterdaynoun

    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. yesterdaynoun

    The (recent) past, often disparaging.

  3. yesterdayadverb

    On the day before today

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yesterdaynoun

    the day last past; the day next before the present

    Etymology: [OE. isterdai, AS. geostran dg, from geostran, geostra, giestran, gistran, gystran, yesterday (akin to D. gisteren, G. gestern, OHG. gestaron, Icel. gr yesterday, to-morrow, Goth. gistradagis to-morrow, L. heri yesterday, Gr. , Skr. hyas) + dg day. Cf. Hestern. .]

  2. Yesterdaynoun

    fig.: A recent time; time not long past

    Etymology: [OE. isterdai, AS. geostran dg, from geostran, geostra, giestran, gistran, gystran, yesterday (akin to D. gisteren, G. gestern, OHG. gestaron, Icel. gr yesterday, to-morrow, Goth. gistradagis to-morrow, L. heri yesterday, Gr. , Skr. hyas) + dg day. Cf. Hestern. .]

  3. Yesterdayadverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. isterdai, AS. geostran dg, from geostran, geostra, giestran, gistran, gystran, yesterday (akin to D. gisteren, G. gestern, OHG. gestaron, Icel. gr yesterday, to-morrow, Goth. gistradagis to-morrow, L. heri yesterday, Gr. , Skr. hyas) + dg day. Cf. Hestern. .]

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.)

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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

How to pronounce yesterday?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yesterday in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yesterday in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of yesterday in a Sentence

  1. Firmin Yaiman:

    Yesterday the anti-balaka came out to clean their weapons. Bystanders alerted MINUSCA who came to take the weapons. But they refused. They started to shoot and MINUSCA fired back.

  2. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

    Yesterday morning I met with Donald and we sat and talked and he said, 'How about coming out to Texas with me?' and I said, 'Happy to do it, whenever you're ready sir,'.

  3. Kenya Airways:

    We have had some disruptions this morning as a result of the pilots' strike announced on Tuesday and in spite of our agreement yesterday.

  4. Kevin Mack:

    Yesterday Donald Trump was putting children in internment camps, and today Donald Trump's putting families in internment camps. We think both things are wrong.

  5. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    Yesterday's attack was directly targeting Turkey and the perpetrator is the YPG and the divisive terrorist organization PKK. All necessary measures will be taken against them.

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