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 Dictionary entry overview: What does yesteryear mean? 

  The noun YESTERYEAR has 1 sense:

1. the time that has elapsed

  Familiarity information: YESTERYEAR used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1yesteryear [BACK TO TOP]


The time that has elapsed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations


past; past times; yesteryear; yore

Context example:

forget the past

Hypernyms ("yesteryear" is a kind of...):

time (the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "yesteryear"):

bygone; water under the bridge (past events to be put aside)

old (past times (especially in the phrase 'in days of old'))

history (the aggregate of past events)

time immemorial; time out of mind (the distant past beyond memory)

auld langsyne; good old days; langsyne; old times (past times remembered with nostalgia)

yesterday (the recent past)

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