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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Why are some protesters — many of them millennials — harking back to a bygone colonial era, two decades after Britain handed the city over to China as a semi-autonomous territory? Washington Post, "In Hong Kong, colonial flag still a symbol of prized values," 6 July 2019 His arrangements, with their reverberating acoustics and soft polyrhythms, often evoke bygone Appalachia; his lyrics are mournfully Arcadian in a way that evokes Thoreau. Isaac Feldberg,, "Lord Hurons enter the void on ‘Vide Noir’," 26 Apr. 2018 The Westinghouse Works films offer an intriguing glimpse into how factories (and technology) worked during a bygone era., "What technology looked like 115 years ago," 23 June 2019 Both men built their campaigns on nostalgia for a bygone era that may have never existed. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Racial Dog Whistle," 20 June 2019 The steampunk enthusiast theater troupe will take over the Victorian house to honor summer with fire dancing, knife tricks, cabaret and other acts of strangeness from bygone eras. Trevor Fraser,, "Experimental theater gets the spotlight in Central Florida," 19 June 2019 The 2011 debt deal, for all its intrigue, feels like a product of bygone era. Brendan Buck For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Congress should eliminate the debt limit," 19 June 2019 Ward is in a much different position, somewhat a product of a bygone era. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "ESPN's Jay Bilas: Michigan State's Nick Ward 'absolutely' can play in NBA," 19 June 2019 They are cast as products of their time — a bygone era during which the few women allowed to infiltrate the boy’s club were the ones seemingly willing to betray, ignore or punish other women. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "Hollywood Reconsiders the Bad Female Boss, With a Generational Twist," 12 June 2019

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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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