yesteryear

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Compound of yester- +‎ year. Coined by Rossetti, to translate Middle French antan (last year) (in Villon's Testament), from Vulgar Latin *anteannum (the year before).

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yesteryear (plural yesteryears)

  1. (poetic) Past years; time gone by; yore.
  2. (rare) Last year.
    • 1928, D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover, ch. 5:
      Where are the snows of yesteryear?

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