synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of yesterday in English

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From Middle English yesterday, yisterday, ȝesterdai, ȝisterdai, from Old English ġiestrandæġ, ġister dæġ, ġestor dæġ, ġeostran dæġ. Compare Scots yisterday, yesterday (yesterday), Gothic 𐌲𐌹𐍃𐍄𐍂𐌰𐌳𐌰𐌲𐌹𐍃 (gistradagis, tomorrow, adverb). Compare further Dutch gisteren, German gestern. By surface analysis, yester- +‎ day.

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈjɛstədeɪ/, /ˈjɛstədɪ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈjɛstɚdeɪ/, /ˈjɛstɚdi/
  • (dated, Southern US folk speech) IPA(key): /ˈjɪstɚdeɪ/, /ˈjɪstɚdi/

yesterday (plural yesterdays)

  1. The day immediately before today; one day ago.
  2. (figuratively) The past, often in terms of being outdated.
  • The plural yesterdays is unusual and often poetic for the recent past, e.g. “all our yesterdays have come back to haunt us”.
  • While pronunciations with /ˈjɪ-/ are now dialectal, they were formerly found in the standard language. For example, writer and orthoepist Thomas Sheridan prescribed such a pronunciation in his work.

yesterday (not comparable)

  1. On the day before today.
    Synonym: (Ireland) the last day
    Antonym: tomorrow
  2. (informal) As soon as possible.
  • hesternal
  • last night
  • nudiustertian
  • today
  • tomorrow night
  • tonight
  • ȝusterday, ȝurstendæi, ȝisterday, yisterday, ȝesterdai, yusterday, ȝerstendæi, yurstai

From Old English ġiestrandæġ; equivalent to yester- +‎ day.

  • IPA(key): /ˈjɛstərdæi/, /ˈjistərdæi/, /ˈjustərdæi/


  1. On the preceding day
  2. At another preceding point in time; in the past


  1. The preceding day; yesterday
  2. A preceding point in time; the past
  • English: yesterday
  • Scots: ȝisterday, ȝesterday
  • Yola: yersthei, yerstei, yerstey
  • “yester-dai, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-03-20.

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