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Perhaps from yester +‎ -en. Compare also Old English ġiestran (yesterday).


yestern (not comparable)

  1. (archaic, rare) Of or pertaining to yesterday.
    • 1868, John Conington (translator), The Iliad of Homer
      Argos, I fear, will pay us soon again
      Her yestern debt []
    • 1970, Trumbull Stickney, Dramatic Verses[1], Ardent Media, →ISBN, page 35:
      For men born of yesterday are yestern


yestern (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Yesterday.
    • 1949, Lionel Trilling, Matthew Arnold[2], Taylor & Francis, →ISBN, page 169:
      "F. Newman's book I saw yestern at our ouse," Arnold writes to Clough. "He seems to have written himself down an hass.


yestern (plural yesterns)

  1. (archaic) Yesterday.
    • 1839, Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, “Knight Toggenburg”, in Montagu Montagu, editor, The Song of the Bell, and other Poems[3], Digitized edition, published 2006, page 85:
      Yestern was the day of hail, []
    • 1840, Amelia Lane, The Fortress: An Historical Tale of the Fifteenth Century[4], Digitized edition, published 2012, page 305:
      Yestern, who was there could compete with me in strength?
    • 1977, Bill Reed, Dogod[5], Digitized edition, published 2009, →ISBN, page 76:
      For this day ought to promise not so much mulch as yesterday or all the other yesterns all back in a row of boredowndom.
    • 2011, Glenn P. Wolfe, Mneme's Place: Book One[6] (fiction), iUniverse, →ISBN, page 22:
      Jestern, was Joyce's yestern.