bygone

adjective

by·​gone ˈbī-ˌgȯn How to pronounce bygone (audio)
 also  -ˌgän
: gone by : past
bygone days
especially : outmoded
bygone styles
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 And at a time when so many people now get their news — real and satiric alike — via social media, a polished nightly version of this risks feeling like a relic of a bygone era. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 Since Disney acquired it in 2009, Marvel Studios has been a cash cow for the company, grossing $30 billion in 15 years, playing a big role in redefining the franchise movie and, arguably, rebuilding the bygone studio system of the 1930s. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 Praising the sacrifices made in a bygone war would be of little note for a president, except that Castro had distinguished his political career by disparaging the people behind the calamity that had begun on this day. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 5 Feb. 2024 Her shop, one of the oldest in the neighborhood, served as a time capsule of a bygone era as Navy Yard transformed from a run-down, industrial eyesore to one of the most modern and expensive parts of the District. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2024 Leamer’s book contextualized them in a bygone milieu: a postwar, pre-feminist Wasp oligarchy in which young women’s ambitions were directed exclusively toward an advantageous match. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2024 That's a sign of just how relevant optical drives are for today's users, but this seems like a good time to remember a bygone era of physical media that wasn't so long ago. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2024 Once known as consumption, the disease that killed Eleanor Roosevelt, Frederic Chopin and all five of the sisters Bronte, tuberculosis is often viewed as a bygone threat. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 The penthouse retains many mid-century modern design elements and amenities of a bygone era but is the perfect canvas to create the ultimate trophy home in the heart of New York City. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bygone was in the 15th century

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“Bygone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bygone. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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bygone

adjective
by·​gone ˈbī-ˌgȯn How to pronounce bygone (audio)
 also  -ˌgän
: gone by : past
a bygone era
bygone noun

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