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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On Thursday, Thomas Hillary, 73, an associate of Raymond L. S. Patriarca Sr., the onetime head of New England organized crime, emerged from his life in the witness protection program and described a bygone world from the stand. New York Times, "At Boston Trial of ‘Cadillac Frank,’ a Who’s Who of Mobsters in Sensible Shoes," 11 May 2018 With fresh flowers and twiggy branches, the mise-en-scène evokes those employed by bygone Vogue photographers like Baron Adolph de Meyer and Cecil Beaton. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Flower Shower: The Story Behind Rodarte’s Dreamy Floral Umbrellas," 1 Feb. 2018 Marion County, about an hour north of Columbus, does not treat its fair as a summertime rite of a bygone era. New York Times, "Trade Politics Comes to the County Fair," 9 July 2018 Most of the young people in the bar were talking about sports and their own bygone athleticism, but then a trio of pink shirts came in from the heat and clustered around Barry and Jeff Park. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Image At first glance, Yoleni’s looks like an Athenian grocery store of a bygone era. New York Times, "From Wine to Sweets, Greek Goodies at a New Athens Market," 29 June 2018 Cask ales from a bygone era Cask selections, rarely found in North Texas, are also available. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "Parker County hadn't had a brewery since 1879. Then one opened this year," 26 June 2018 Some might argue that Einstein’s views simply reflect the common prejudices of a bygone era. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Einstein’s Travel Diaries Reveal His Deeply Troubling Views on Race," 18 June 2018 More recently, people have adopted this custom as a tribute to bygone eras. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Ladyfag and Opening Ceremony Release an Exclusive Capsule Collection of Hanky Code Bandanas and T-Shirts for Pride Month," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of bygone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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let bygones be bygones

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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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