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From Middle English yesternyght, yisternight, from Old English ġiestranniht (yesternight), equivalent to yester- +‎ night.


yesternight (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Last night.
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing:
      Claudio: What man was he talk'd with you yesternight / Out at your window betwixt twelve and one? (Act IV, Scene 1)
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Genesis 31:29,[1]
      It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
    • 1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Chapter 6,[2]
      [] when the Templar crossed the hall yesternight, he spoke to his Mussulman slaves in the Saracen language, which I well understand, and charged them this morning to watch the journey of the Jew []
    • 1847, Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, Chapter 29,[3]
      [] she has disturbed me, night and day, through eighteen years—incessantly—remorselessly—till yesternight; and yesternight I was tranquil.


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yesternight (plural yesternights)

  1. (archaic) A preceding night.