Yes"ter*day (?), n. [OE. [yogh]isterdai, AS. geostran daeg, from geostran, geostra, giestran, gistran, gystran, yesterday (akin to D. gisteren, G. gestern, OHG. gestaron, Icel. gaer yesterday, to-morrow, Goth. gistradagis to-morrow, L. heri yesterday, Gr. , Skr. hyas) + daeg day. Cf. Hestern. .]


The day last past; the day next before the present.

All our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Shak.

We are but of yesterday, and know nothing. Job viii. 9.


Fig.: A recent time; time not long past.

The proudest royal houses are but of yesterday, when compared with the line of supreme pontiffs. Macaulay.


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Yes"ter*day, adv.

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


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