Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Yesterday evening.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Last evening; last night; yesternight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun R. or Scot. Yester-evening; yesternight; last night.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The night before; yesterday evening; yesternight; last night.

Etymologies

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From Middle English, alteration of yestereven ("last night, yesterday evening"), from Old English ġiestranǣfen ("yesterday evening"), equivalent to yester- +‎ e'en (“evening”).

Examples

  • In troth is he, Monkbarns; he was awa this morning by four o'clock, when the sea was working like barm wi' yestreen's wind, and our bit coble dancing in't like a cork.

    The Antiquary

  • "Praise be blest!" said Caleb to himself, "ae leaf of the muckle gate has been swung to wi 'yestreen's wind, and I think I can manage to shut the ither."

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • "In troth is he, Monkbarns; he was awa this morning by four o'clock, when the sea was working like barm wi 'yestreen's wind, and our bit coble dancing in't like a cork."

    The Antiquary — Complete

  • "In troth is he, Monkbarns; he was awa this morning by four o'clock, when the sea was working like barm wi 'yestreen's wind, and our bit coble dancing in't like a cork."

    The Antiquary — Volume 01

  • “Ou, just yestreen, after tey-time — afore ye cam hame yoursell galloping sae fast,” said old Joseph.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • PS: For those reading and commenting on my "They breed like rabbits!" post of yestreen, my apologies.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • ‘But I got a postcard yestreen sayin’ that the new Road Surveyor would be round the day.

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

  • While, though, yestreen flicking playing cards into a straw boater across the room in my penthouse-Altamont digs, feeling the gentle and substantial clarity and warm-wellness of a few carefully-chosen gin cocktails suffusing through my spirit, I was suddenly stirred by an insistent dimly audible voice from everywhere.

    Downtown Charlottesville's Leading Public Intellectual at cvillenews.com

  • While, though, yestreen flicking playing cards into a straw boater across the room in my penthouse-Altamont digs, feeling the gentle and substantial clarity and warm-wellness of a few carefully-chosen gin cocktails suffusing through my spirit, I was suddenly stirred by an insistent dimly audible voice from everywhere.

    2002 August archive at cvillenews.com

  • I shall find the half-peckit banes o 'a joop o' mine that stray'd yestreen.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 536, March 3, 1832

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  • Yesterday evening.

    May 12, 2008

  • JM considers yestreen and wishes he didn’t now then what he knows now

    March 8, 2009