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

Definition of bygone

: gone by : past bygone days especially : outmoded bygone styles

Other Words from bygone

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 The photographer [Dania Maxwell] perfectly captured the drama, class and glamour of a bygone era and personified the depth brought to the role by this amazing actor. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 For the past three decades, bomb shelters weren’t functional, but relics from the bygone Cold War-era when war seemed imminent. Natalia Ojewska, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Another way to gain insights on this bygone era is to simulate it on computers. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, 10 May 2022 The town, mine shafts, and other remnants of a bygone era feel like a mere blip in Nevada’s long timeline next to the park’s ancient geologic formations and awe-inspiring petroglyphs. Sunset Magazine, 9 May 2022 His direct coaching style, which came out of that somewhat bygone era, seems to have unlocked the Rangers’ potential. New York Times, 2 May 2022 Remaining on one team for an entire career is a relic of a bygone era. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 1 May 2022 With celebrity sightings, emergency situations and mile-high club thrill-seekers, her chatty memoir is filled with engaging stories evoking a bygone era. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 More akin to a French chateau than a Southern California-style home, Villa Nafissa transports you to a bygone era — and that was always the goal. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 26 May. 2022.

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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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