Part of speech: adverb

On the day last past.

Part of speech: noun

The day preceding today.

Part of speech: noun

Loosely, the near past.

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Usage examples "yesterday":

  1. I did not, mamma, - I never thought of such a thing as possible, till yesterday. - "Daisy in the Field", Elizabeth Wetherell.
  2. Oh, if I had only known yesterday! - "Betty's Bright Idea; Deacon Pitkin's Farm; and The First Christmas of New England", Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  3. Lord Lovel came here yesterday, or perhaps I might have answered it then. - "Lady Anna", Anthony Trollope.