by·​gone | \ˈbī-ˌgȯn also -ˌgän \

Definition of bygone 

: gone by : past bygone days especially : outmoded bygone styles

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bygone noun

Examples of bygone in a Sentence

the bygone days of our ancestors The stone wall is from a bygone age.

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Two of them are society royalty, a couple of 50 years who symbolize a sort of bygone elegance, while the other two are relative newcomers to the scene. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Meet Wes Gordon, the Young Man Leading the Next Chapter of Carolina Herrera," 8 Aug. 2018 Overheard Memories of bygone meals; romantic mysteries. Kara Baskin,, "Quick Bite: At The Wellington in Belmont, a family-friendly night out," 21 June 2018 Those chasing the latest trends might feel skeptical to see these bygone fads pop up, but don’t forget: There’s a reason those items got popular in the first place. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It's not flashy or splashy, but Roseville's Ciao excels at cooking classic Italian," 8 June 2018 The Crazy Ones seemed perfectly calibrated for the older audience cultivated by CBS, which had a track record for giving new lifeblood to bygone TV stars, while the show provided Robin with distinct opportunities to improvise in each episode. Dave Itzkoff, HWD, "Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams," 8 May 2018 Letters ought to fall off all the bygone big names. Chuck Culpepper,, "Nevada is the unkillable zombie of the NCAA tournament's haunted graveyard region," 18 Mar. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW The rest of the menu shows off Dady’s wide ranging influences and experiences, with nods to existing properties and bygone favorites like The Lodge. San Antonio Express-News, "Range," 8 Mar. 2018 But Prelinger isn’t the sole guide on this trip; audiences are encouraged to shout out bygone locations and landmarks as the film plays, making for a truly one-of-a-kind moviegoing experience. Jordan Cronk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Picks: A March To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.," 2 Mar. 2018 And feel the tremendous power of Ferrante’s evocation of a bygone era in Italy? Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout," 18 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of bygone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bygone

: gone by : from a time in the past


by·​gone | \ˈbī-ˌgȯn \

Kids Definition of bygone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: gone by : past He lived in a bygone time.



Kids Definition of bygone (Entry 2 of 2)

: an event that is over and done with Let bygones be bygones.

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to enclose within walls

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