Definition of yesterday in English:



  • 1On the day before today.

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


  • 1The day before today.

    ‘yesterday was Tuesday’
    • ‘On a day like today… after yesterday, I tend to reflect, internalize, and re-address the balance.’
    • ‘The day before yesterday and today, and both on the final climb to the finish.’
    • ‘I slept for most of yesterday and today, cos am utterly exhausted.’
    • ‘We did release a statement early on and then a few days later we began to talk about it, starting with yesterday and today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today's announcement follows yesterday's suspension of the outfit's shares.’
    • ‘In yesterday's hearing, a senior FBI official and another senior CIA analyst agreed.’
    • ‘And I guess just looking at today and yesterday, what do you think of the overall process?’
    • ‘In the insonmiac flux I live in, I seem to have finally conquered time: today is yesterday is tomorrow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After yesterday, this is probably the nicest day we've had thus far this year.’
    • ‘I raise a difficulty that we have from yesterday concerning today's answers.’
    • ‘My official photographer so far has released only this picture from yesterday's music fest.’
    • ‘October 26 1999 I missed the previous day's filming so today I sit and watch yesterday's rushes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘The flood watch included Elvington Beck, where the water had visibly risen today since yesterday, and Stamford Bridge.’
    • ‘My rest day from yesterday ended today, finally, at about eight o'clock in the evening.’
    • ‘Between yesterday and today I have been completing my preparations for departure on Tuesday.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I go home it is all going to be history and I don't want to be living in yesterdays.’
      • ‘It seemed like yesterday that we were bitter rivals, so recent since we wanted to kill each other.’
      • ‘I've always had the view that you remember yesterday, work for today, but also work towards tomorrow.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 got in yesterday morning full of enthusiasm for re-arranging my bedroom.’
      • ‘Wardship proceedings in the case of the twins were issued yesterday morning in the family division of the High Court.’
      • ‘The teenager taken to hospital yesterday morning was released by the afternoon.’
      • ‘They had arrived yesterday morning and they claimed to be taking an afternoon walk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Early yesterday morning there was an insurgent attack to the north of our base camp.’
      • ‘I wrote the above yesterday morning as I stared at the computer screen not sure where to start at all.’
      • ‘I was at my desk before nine yesterday morning and left it just after nine - twelve and a bit hours later.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I wasn't yesterday's man, I was the day before 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's a touch of yesterday's man about Terry.’
  • yesterday's news

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

      ‘Harry is yesterday's news, diving down the ratings’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Goodbye Courtney, you're yesterday's news, the new freak of the week is Andy Dick.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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…’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That was yesterday's news… in a sense, though, it was all rather nostalgic…’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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