\ ˈlȯŋ-ə-ˈgō How to pronounce long-ago (audio) \

Definition of long-ago

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the past long-ago leaders

long ago


Definition of long ago (Entry 2 of 2)

: the distant past

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Timothée Chalamet wore at the Venice Film Festival not too long ago. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2022 Not too long ago the goal for producers outside of the U.S. and U.K. was to have their series and formats remade in the U.S. market. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 19 Sep. 2022 Not too long ago, the German soldier was demonized in Allied war propaganda. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2022 What began as an internal discussion about safe surgical practice long ago turned personal and bitter, pitting top medical figures against one another. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2022 That search brought him to South Holland, where he could be found recently turning what not too long ago was a limb from a maple tree into a wooden serving bowl. Mary Compton, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 That trend is arguably accelerating—the near-instant torque of an electric motor means even SUVs that aren't supposed to be that sporty are capable of 0-to-60 times that would rival a supercar not too long ago. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 Aug. 2022 Not too long ago, in the Budapest Memorandum, Ukraine’s borders were guaranteed by several nations, including Russia, in exchange for Ukraine giving up its Soviet nuclear weapons. WSJ, 31 July 2022 Pledging fealty to the Chinese Communist Party would have been highly unusual not too long ago when Hong Kong still boasted opposition lawmakers, a vibrant independent media and a stable of human rights lawyers. Hsiuwen Liu, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of long-ago


1603, in the meaning defined above


1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Long-ago.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long-ago. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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