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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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 Lohan’s brand of fame predates Vanderpump’s: Her particular flavor of pop culture infamy is from a bygone era without smartphones and social media, in which messiness and raw access were the provenance of paparazzi and gossip rags. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Rebooting Lindsay Lohan," 8 Jan. 2019 Before frantically running to the bathroom, with bygone DIY methods of pimple-popping in mind, stop, think, and give your dermatologist a call. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "This Is the Fastest—And Safest—Way to Get Rid of a Pimple," 23 Dec. 2018 At Tuesday’s handover ceremony at a Philippine air force base, the bronze bells stood atop a red platform like silent symbols of a bygone era of hostilities, as American and Philippine flags flapped in the wind. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "US returns 3 disputed bells taken from Philippines in 1901," 11 Dec. 2018 Popular culture tends to stereotype ham-radio operators as tinkerer-geeks from a bygone era—and indeed, many ham operators enjoy fiddling with their gear and learning about how to operate their radios almost as much as using them. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose a Two-Way Radio," 10 Dec. 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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