by·​gone | \ ˈbī-ˌgȯn How to pronounce bygone (audio) 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Men in Kilts can’t help but give off echoes of a bygone era. Sarene Leeds, Vulture, "What Have We Learned From Men in Kilts?," 1 Mar. 2021 In some cases, the original wood timbers were left rough and exposed, lending a dramatic air and reflecting a bygone era. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, "The New Orleans French Quarter Has A New Hotel That’s Both Stylish And Historically Significant," 28 Feb. 2021 But for me the milestone conjures memories of a bygone era. Fortune, "With the Nikkei above 30,000, can Japan exorcise ghosts of its 1980s bubble?," 25 Feb. 2021 In a bygone era, visitors were allowed to feed them during ranger programs, but luckily management wised up and realized that, as the saying goes, a fed bear is a dead bear. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Yosemite National Park Travel Guide," 22 Feb. 2021 But Croghan’s is not just about the bygone era, the shop has expanded to include an in-house design studio and workshop on the second floor, and a beautiful selection of contemporary pieces, too. Vogue, "Our Readers Nominated These Small Businesses Across America for Vogue’s Retail Directory," 22 Feb. 2021 Featuring 12 red-carpet-ready shades, the line celebrates the romanticised bygone era of vintage Hollywood glamour with an update incorporating a prediction of this season's most trendsetting colours. Sarah Midkiff,, "OPI Just Dropped A Hollywood Collection & Every Shade is Iconic," 2 Feb. 2021 After giving this more thought, was that yesterday or part of a bygone era? David Moore, Dallas News, "How the Cowboys missed their chance to capitalize on momentum built in 2016," 30 Jan. 2021 Looking back to that Detroit party in 2011 might feel like a glimpse into a bygone era. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Kid Rock marks 50th birthday, vows likely farewell tour, raises $200K for pandemic fund," 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of bygone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bygone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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