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From hestern +‎ -al, from Latin hesternus.



hesternal (not comparable)

  1. (rare) Of or pertaining to yesterday.
    • 1814 April 19, George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, “Journal”, in Rowland Prothero, 1st Baron Ernle, editor, The Works of Lord Byron, London: J. Murray, published 1898, page 412:
      I will keep no further journal of that same hesternal torch‐light ; and, to prevent me from returning, like a dog, to the vomit of memory, I tear out the remaining leaves of this volume, and write, in Ipecacuanha,—“that the Bourbons are restored ! ! !”—“Hang up philosophy.”
    • 1828, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, chapter LVII, in Pelham: Or, Adventures of a Gentleman, New York: Cassell Publishing Co., page 216:
      I rose by candle-light, and consumed, in the intensest application, the hours which every other individual of our party wasted in enervating slumbers, from the hesternal dissipation or debauch.
    • 2014, David Odden, "Bantu Phonology", page 27:
      In the simple past and hesternal past (57b), there is an added H on the final vowel (which spreads leftward, when prepausal) and causes deletion of preceding Hs.

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  • hesternal in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911