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 Gildea’s writing, which led to a decorated yet understated career, can be described in a similar way, the product of a bygone era when his paper’s circulation numbers would pass 1 million on Sundays. Stephen Borelli, USA TODAY, "Appreciation: Coming of age in a profession under one of its greats, William Gildea," 25 June 2020 Mitchell likened James to the athletes of a bygone era, like Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor). NBC News, "How LeBron James has become a leading voice for social justice in a racially divided nation," 23 June 2020 His visit to that secret redoubt sets in motion a quest for answers that unveils a dark pastJust as Sempere guides us through a gritty Barcelona of bygone days, his son, Julián, nudges us to reckon with what Barcelona has become. Washington Post, "Carlos Ruiz Zafón leaves behind characters who will never die," 22 June 2020 The wooden tracks of a bygone era have been replaced: Redfearn’s races happen on a slick 42-foot aluminum runway with a computerized lane timer. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Science, "Meet the dads who can’t quit pinewood derby racing—even after their kids are over it," 3 June 2020 Drive-in theaters, emblems of a bygone era of Americana, have enjoyed a renaissance amid the lockdown. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "I Went to a Drive-In Theater to Feel Normal. The Opposite Happened.," 5 June 2020 In recent decades, drive-in theaters have existed mainly as an entertainment novelty — quirky throwbacks to a bygone era. Thomas Black,, "Drive-In Theaters Are Jammed With Moviegoers Escaping Lockdown," 13 May 2020 At its brilliant best, Lost’s production design conjured bygone eras of enigma: a nuclear bunker’s exercise room, that book club brunching in leftover utopian ranch houses, the cabin in the woods where the empty chair isn’t. Darren Franich,, "Ten years later, Lost's most tantalizing mysteries are still 'Across the Sea'," 11 May 2020 Patterson and Robertson stay in touch with former teammates and work out in their backyards to maintain semblances of bygone routines. USA TODAY, "'Like a bulldozer': How coronavirus impacts the lives of athletes, coaches at one Georgia high school," 20 May 2020

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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 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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