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!"


  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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Yesterdayadverb

    On the day last past.

    Martius gave us yesterday a representation of the empire of the Turks, with no small vigour of words. Francis Bacon.

  2. Yesterdaynoun

    The day last past; the day next before to-day.

    Etymology: gistandæg , Saxon.

    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    We are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow. Job viii. 9.

    You are both fluid, chang’d since yesterday;
    Next day repairs but ill last day’s decay;
    Nor are, although the river keep the name,
    Yesterday ’s waters and to-day’s the same. John Donne.

    If yesterday could be recall’d again,
    Ev’n now would I conclude my happy reign. Dryden.

    Yesterday was set apart as a day of publick thanksgiving for the late extraordinary successes. Addison.

    Mrs. Simper sends complaint in your yesterday’s Spectator. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Naked from the womb
    We yesterday came forth; and in the tomb
    Naked again we must to-morrow lie:
    Born to lament, to labour, and to die. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yesterdaynoun

    the day last past; the day next before the present

  2. Yesterdaynoun

    fig.: A recent time; time not long past

  3. Yesterdayadverb

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

  4. 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

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  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. Chief Executive David Thomas:

    There is a very significant supply-demand imbalance, so the underlying fundamentals are clearly not affected by yesterday's announcement, the fundamentals for the market remain very positive.

  2. Kevin Gough:

    If we're going to start a precedent, starting yesterday, where we're going to bring high-profile members of the African American community into the courtroom to sit with the family during the trial in the presence of the jury, I believe that's intimidating and it's an attempt to pressure -- could be consciously or unconsciously -- an attempt to pressure or influence the jury.

  3. Patrick Burke:

    The storm is coming in several waves, and one of the largest was yesterday.

  4. Sid Mokhtari:

    They tried to rally, it was really oversold yesterday. But there's no real catalysts right now to turn this around, people are still worried about the election in Canada as well as what is happening in the U.S. in terms of earnings.

  5. Samuel Johnson:

    Keeping accounts, Sir, is of no use when a man is spending his own money, and has nobody to whom he is to account. You won't eat less beef today, because you have written down what it cost yesterday.

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