by·​gone | \ ˈbī-ˌgȯn also -ˌgän How to pronounce bygone (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web To create an authentic, respectful portrait of a gritty, bygone part of New York City, the photographers eschewed digital for an analog method. John Otis, New York Times, "Memorializing a New York Neighborhood With a 19th-Century Technique," 18 Dec. 2019 Further Reading Big-budget, single-player gaming isn’t dead (yet) More than distribution, though, rentals are a product of a somewhat bygone era in game design. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mourning the end of the video game rental era," 11 Dec. 2019 Earlier, the Stanford law professor tried to detail the difference between American democracy and the bygone powerful British monarchy, saying that the founders did not want a king when forming the constitution. NBC News, "Witness Karlan apologizes for mentioning Barron Trump amid conservative backlash," 5 Dec. 2019 But Hausfather and his colleagues still wanted to see how accurate those bygone models really were. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Even 50-year-old climate models correctly predicted global warming," 4 Dec. 2019 Here, one industrial designer reimagined the futuristic truck as more in line with the conventions of bygone pickups. Fortune, "The Design Fail Behind the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire," 3 Dec. 2019 Hiding in the depths of these ethereal submarine sinkholes lay ancient sediment sandwiches whose layers betray the bygone passages of powerful hurricanes. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "The ghosts of ancient hurricanes live in Caribbean blue holes," 11 Nov. 2019 Local theatergoers may recall a staging of this bittersweet, retrospective love story at the bygone Ion Theatre three years ago. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Queen Elizabeth II is back, this time at Moxie Theatre," 21 Oct. 2019 Mice skittered across a bygone minecart track below my feet. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "I spent a night with ghost hunters in a Colorado gold mine and lived to tell this tale," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bygone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bygone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bygone

: gone by : from a time in the past


by·​gone | \ ˈbī-ˌgȯn How to pronounce bygone (audio) \

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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