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.

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To attribute their acts to a bygone era or simpler times. Christina Ruffini, CBS News, "The last of the best: A reporter reflects on the D-Day anniversary," 7 June 2019 In a bygone era, the city’s downtown arena hosted fights involving Sugar Ray Leonard and other top stars. Childs Walker,, "Baltimore's Gervonta Davis to defend boxing title vs. Ricardo Núñez on July 27 at Royal Farms Arena," 6 June 2019 While harkening back to bygone eras of dress, Ambrosio's look still felt thoroughly modern. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Alessandra Ambrosio’s French Girl Hair Trick Is Worth Stealing for Summer," 14 May 2019 Throughout the bygone season, Gomez cemented his reputation as one of the Reds most reliable defensive options, with the 21-year-old defender possessing the versatility to be deployed anywhere across the back line., "Liverpool Offered Huge Injury Boost as Star Defender Returns to Melwood After Ankle Surgery," 26 June 2018 Michele found inspiration for the collection in the screen sirens of the bygone Hollywood era (Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, and Greta Garbo among them), but sought to reimagine their striking beauty for a modern age. Vogue, "Gucci’s Debut Beauty Collection—and Its Main Face, Punk Singer Dani Miller—Encourages the Celebration of Imperfections," 5 May 2019 For lot of beachside landowners, however, this romantic view of the beach as public thoroughfare is a bygone relic. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "As its beaches recede, Florida shores up private ownership," 20 Apr. 2018 Much like her frequent collaborator Dita von Teese, the burlesque dancer and drag queen has an aesthetic harkening back to a bygone era of glamorous Hollywood sirens. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Violet Chachki’s New YouTube Series Is a Goldmine for ’90s Fashion Nerds," 20 Mar. 2019 Marshmello actually grabs the mic on this one, singing his heart out to a bygone love. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Marshmello Goes From DJ to Lead Singer on Slushii's 'There x2': Listen," 2 Feb. 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 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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