Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR YESTER-YEAR

It was spring, in a way, but not the spring of yester-year, with its songs and laughter and high hopes.

And parting waiteth for us there,” Said he, “As it was yester-year.

Indeed, it would appear so; and where are the laurels of yester-year?

Yester-year perhaps, for a sorrow clings about it; it conveys a sense of autumn, of "the long decline of roses."

Shrine and Tabard, Chapels and Inns by the way, all have gone with the pilgrims of yester-year.

It will be observed that there are shops—or things in the specious and illusory shape of shops—in this town of Yester-year.

The life of the last ten years which we knew and loved so well, has vanished like the snows of yester-year.

No Irish Member could afford to be off on this scene, so one after another they trotted out their speeches of yester-year.

He that by absence missed his share of yester-year shall now receive that too.

Rossetti's "Yester-year" moreover, is an absurd and affected neologism; "Antan" is an excellent and living French word.

WORD ORIGIN

coined 1870 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from yester(day) + year to translate French antan (from Vulgar Latin *anteannum "the year before") in a refrain by François Villon: Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan? which Rossetti rendered "But where are the snows of yesteryear?"