Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The day before the present day.
  • n. Time in the past, especially the recent past.
  • adv. On the day before the present day.
  • adv. A short while ago.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The day before today. 'Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow'. It can also understand as a day ago.
  • n. The (recent) past, often disparaging.
  • adv. On the day before today

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The day last past; the day next before the present.
  • n. Fig.: A recent time; time not long past.
  • adv. On the day last past; on the day preceding to-day.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • On the day preceding this day; on the day last past.
  • n. The day last past; the day next before the present: often used figuratively for time not long gone by; time in the immediate past.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. on the day preceding today
  • n. the day immediately before today
  • n. the recent past
  • adv. in the recent past; only a short time ago

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English geostran dæg : geostran, yesterday; see yester- + dæg, day; see day.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English geostran dæg, equivalent to yester- +‎ day; compounded from (Wiktionary)

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  • JM knows it only happened 24 hours ago but it really feels like yesterday.

    June 19, 2011