yesteryear

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Etymology[edit]

Compound of yester- +‎ year. Coined by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1869 in his translation "Ballad Of Dead Ladies", to translate Middle French antan (last year) (in Ballad 1 of François Villon's Testament).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈjɛstəjɪə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈjɛstərjɪər/
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yesteryear (countable and uncountable, plural yesteryears)

  1. (poetic) Past years; time gone by; yore.
  2. (rare) Last year.

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