What does yesterday mean?

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

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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!"

Wiktionary

  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

    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. Yesterday(noun)

    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. Yesterday(adverb)

    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
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    Veena
    Indian

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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. Amilcar Torcato:

    Usually her mom picks her up, but that day I did. it would be a year now after finishing chemotherapy and this just happened yesterday.

  2. Chuck Grassley:

    So my message to any one of the nine Supreme Court justices, if you're thinking about quitting this year, do it yesterday.

  3. Brett Kavanaugh:

    I have never done anything like what the accuser describes – to her or to anyone, because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.

  4. Abu Ahmed:

    Yesterday there was a big Russian air strike, but we organized ourselves, with the rest of the factions. We are used to the new situation, we camouflage headquarters, and cars, and dig trenches.

  5. Ryan Larson:

    The market at this point should expect nothing less, and if she says that, they should be no more surprised than they were yesterday, that's been well telegraphed, and I think she'll go right down the middle of the road.

Images & Illustrations of yesterday

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