Definition of yesterday in English:



  • 1On the day before today.

    ‘he returned to a hero's welcome yesterday’
    • ‘Detectives arrested the boy in Bradford yesterday and he was today being held at Lawcroft House police station awaiting interview.’
    • ‘There was an upswing of violence again today, yesterday, and the day before.’
    • ‘His reaction is the same today as it was yesterday, that he wants to get to the bottom of this.’
    • ‘The ceremonies were taking place over two days at York Minster, yesterday and today, and saw students graduate in a variety of subjects.’
    • ‘Mr Dillon did not return calls to The Guardian yesterday or today.’
    • ‘I think it was today or yesterday President Chirac essentially backed that up.’
    • ‘However, one of his lawyers said yesterday that today's court date will still have to be honoured since it was ordered.’
    • ‘I am doing a research paper on Women's voting rights; yesterday and today.’
    • ‘I'll ask him questions about what we did today, yesterday, and about the adventures that we've had in the past.’
    • ‘I actually listened to Thought for the Day on Today yesterday.’
    • ‘There is many western places in this town so I had some porridge yesterday and some muesli today which is really helping things.’
    • ‘And they came to the House yesterday and today with the recommendation that was passed.’
    • ‘Our trip over the Pennines went very well yesterday, good job we did it yesterday as today the M62 is blocked due to an accident.’
    • ‘I was welcome yesterday, but today I feel like the three of you are hiding something from me.’
    • ‘Having had to offer congratulations to one celeb couple yesterday, today The Sun is back on form, stirring up a spot of trouble.’
    • ‘Well, I think I'm considerably less grumpy and irritable today than yesterday.’
    • ‘The crew of a nuclear submarine was given a hero's welcome yesterday as it arrived home from the Gulf.’
    • ‘Fatal crash investigators combed the scene yesterday and would return today to continue their investigations.’
    • ‘Still, things have been far smoother here today than they were yesterday.’
    • ‘Speaking of stats: do you think they tell you how many people visited your beloved blog today, yesterday, last week, last month?’
    1. 1.1 In the recent past.
      ‘everything seems to have been built yesterday’
      • ‘This is a problem that has always bugged parents, even since I was in school, which is not today or yesterday.’
      • ‘Time cruelly accelerates and yesterday's icon is today's TV history.’
      • ‘Even in attitudes, fashion and food the two groups were as distinct as today's news and yesterday's cover story.’
      • ‘Back in the days these people refer to, players kicked balls of stone-like leather, and were injected with so many drugs to numb injuries that half of yesterdays stars can't walk today.’
      • ‘She remembered those days as if they were yesterdays.’
      • ‘The prints are all crisp and clear - Out of the Past looks like it could have been shot yesterday.’


  • 1The day before today.

    ‘yesterday was Tuesday’
    • ‘The day before yesterday and today, and both on the final climb to the finish.’
    • ‘On a day like today… after yesterday, I tend to reflect, internalize, and re-address the balance.’
    • ‘Today's announcement follows yesterday's suspension of the outfit's shares.’
    • ‘Between yesterday and today I have been completing my preparations for departure on Tuesday.’
    • ‘In yesterday's hearing, a senior FBI official and another senior CIA analyst agreed.’
    • ‘We did release a statement early on and then a few days later we began to talk about it, starting with yesterday and today.’
    • ‘I think I can put at least some of my decision on comments below down to the fact I was coming down ill with something and have had to spend yesterday and today at home.’
    • ‘Staff at the estate agents spent today and yesterday contacting owners, but there are still a number of people they have been unable to speak to.’
    • ‘In the insonmiac flux I live in, I seem to have finally conquered time: today is yesterday is tomorrow.’
    • ‘I raise a difficulty that we have from yesterday concerning today's answers.’
    • ‘After yesterday, this is probably the nicest day we've had thus far this year.’
    • ‘Air France scrubbed the same flight set for yesterday and today from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris to Dulles.’
    • ‘My work computer went wonky now and I lost most of yesterday and today to trying to get my environment working again.’
    • ‘My official photographer so far has released only this picture from yesterday's music fest.’
    • ‘I slept for most of yesterday and today, cos am utterly exhausted.’
    • ‘October 26 1999 I missed the previous day's filming so today I sit and watch yesterday's rushes.’
    • ‘The flood watch included Elvington Beck, where the water had visibly risen today since yesterday, and Stamford Bridge.’
    • ‘And I guess just looking at today and yesterday, what do you think of the overall process?’
    • ‘The third one outdid them all by going out with his car into a riot ridden area (there was rioting in most of Karachi today due to yesterday's events).’
    • ‘My rest day from yesterday ended today, finally, at about eight o'clock in the evening.’
    out of fashion, out of date, outdated, old-fashioned, outmoded, out of style, dated, behind the times, last year's, yesterday's, unpopular, unstylish, superseded, archaic, obsolete, antiquated
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    1. 1.1 The recent past.
      ‘yesterday's best-sellers’
      • ‘Tom Hawthorn is a Victoria sports reporter more interested in yesterday's stories than today's scores.’
      • ‘I've always had the view that you remember yesterday, work for today, but also work towards tomorrow.’
      • ‘Yet it is the yesterdays that have made today possible.’
      • ‘It's our sincere hope that you continue believing in today's gain from yesterday's effort.’
      • ‘You do all that and then you are yesterday's story, yesterday's people.’
      • ‘Because we've been there before, we've endured yesterday's men and yesterday's ethics.’
      • ‘The surreal, anarchic and monstrous extremes of yesterday are not so sensational anymore.’
      • ‘The students of yesterday are today's alumni and an alumni-school connection also benefits the school.’
      • ‘It seemed like yesterday that we were bitter rivals, so recent since we wanted to kill each other.’
      • ‘When I go home it is all going to be history and I don't want to be living in yesterdays.’
      the past, former times, historical events, days of old, the old days, the good old days, time gone by, bygone days, antiquity
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  • yesterday morning (or afternoon etc.)

    • In the morning (or afternoon etc.) of yesterday.

      ‘my wife had a baby boy yesterday morning’
      • ‘I wrote the above yesterday morning as I stared at the computer screen not sure where to start at all.’
      • ‘Wardship proceedings in the case of the twins were issued yesterday morning in the family division of the High Court.’
      • ‘He woke me up yesterday morning with gentle purring as he padded across my duvet, then rolled on his back to have his tummy tickled.’
      • ‘I got in yesterday morning full of enthusiasm for re-arranging my bedroom.’
      • ‘They had arrived yesterday morning and they claimed to be taking an afternoon walk.’
      • ‘The teenager taken to hospital yesterday morning was released by the afternoon.’
      • ‘Early yesterday morning there was an insurgent attack to the north of our base camp.’
      • ‘But in the early hours of yesterday morning, the penny dropped in Murray's mind.’
      • ‘When Jose Mourinho looked out his bedroom window yesterday morning, he would have liked what he saw.’
      • ‘I was at my desk before nine yesterday morning and left it just after nine - twelve and a bit hours later.’
  • yesterday's man

    • A man, especially a politician, whose career is finished or past its peak.

      ‘he was no sooner elected leader than the media dismissed him as yesterday's man’
      • ‘So Lord Heseltine may simply be providing further evidence that he's yesterday's man when he drones on about the ‘centre ground’ being where elections are won.’
      • ‘The result will be a surprise to professional politicians and pundits, who tend to regard Mr Clarke as yesterday's man and Mr Portillo as the likeliest candidate to replace William Hague.’
      • ‘He looks fresh and new, while Hidding looks like yesterday's man.’
      • ‘Burchill, who is paid to follow these things, must have known that Waltz was yesterday's man, yet he didn't hesitate to cite the single, superceded quote that suited his purposes.’
      • ‘Off the record, some Liberal backbenchers see the Prime Minister as yesterday's man and think it's time to instal a leader with a future, as opposed to a past, someone with a more contemporary view of the world.’
      • ‘There's a touch of yesterday's man about Terry.’
      • ‘Even if Labour wins a sizable majority, Blair's time is over as the ground shifts fast beneath his feet; he is yesterday's man.’
      • ‘I wasn't yesterday's man, I was the day before yesterday's man.’
      • ‘Though popular with the German populace, his tenure had yet to assume an air of permanence, the idea lingering that one slip and he might become yesterday's man.’
      • ‘With so many doors shutting, Reed felt he was yesterday's man - though there were always, and still are, conflicting views, especially among his friends.’
  • yesterday's news

    • A person or thing that is no longer of interest.

      ‘Harry is yesterday's news, diving down the ratings’
      • ‘Now we hear that he has been charged with adultery and having pornographic material in his possession; the espionage accusations are apparently yesterday's news.’
      • ‘Finally, while MPs with blogs are yesterday's news, grandad, it's nice to see one who's now in the public eye sticking his neck out - first raise that tricky allegation in the House, then write about it in your blog.’
      • ‘BSE is not yesterday's news and anyone who relies on governments to guarantee the safety of what they eat simply hasn't been paying attention…’
      • ‘Goodbye Courtney, you're yesterday's news, the new freak of the week is Andy Dick.’
      • ‘So Gary Condit at this point is keeping it alive, or this story alive in the news media, but as far as the professional investigators go, Gary Condit is yesterday's news.’
      • ‘It was fashionable a short while ago to proclaim we had entered an age where the old cultural certainties had been thrown into disarray; it has become just as fashionable now to dismiss the postmodern as yesterday's news.’
      • ‘Mergers and acquisitions are yesterday's news.’
      • ‘That was yesterday's news… in a sense, though, it was all rather nostalgic…’
      • ‘We know that we will be winning Mrs. Parks' war, our war, when it's yesterday's news that a newly elected governor or senator or president is a woman or a person of color.’
      • ‘I thought Latham was amazingly controlled in the face of a series of totally fatuous questions that raked over stuff that was already well and truly yesterday's news (everywhere else, it seems, but the ABC).’


Old English giestran dæg (see yester-, day).