past; gone by; earlier; former: The faded photograph brought memories of bygone days.
Usually bygones. that which is past: Let's not talk of bygones.
Idioms about bygone
let bygones be bygones, to decide to forget past disagreements; become reconciled: Let's let bygones be bygones and be friends again.
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How to use bygone in a sentence
In a bygone era, visitors were allowed to feed them during ranger programs, but luckily management wised up and realized that, as the saying goes, a fed bear is a dead bear.
If the Rockets decide to turn seller at the trade deadline, they could nab a trove of assets in exchange for their vets, newcomers or remnants of the bygone Harden era.The Post-Harden Rockets Have A Different Style — And Lots Of Possibilities | Louis Zatzman | February 19, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
A history of a gangster in a bygone time promises to be riveting, but there’s not enough there there to make this a book you can’t put down.He knew his grandfather was a mob boss. But was that the whole story? | Joe Heim | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The schools’ marching bands played only on that screen and only in past appearances, meaning some clarinetist or other might have graduated without ever playing at a Rose Bowl, only to emerge from bygone to play at a Rose Bowl.Alabama advances to the national title game with an artful offensive performance | Chuck Culpepper, Des Bieler | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
I deployed across the vast Pacific Ocean with a hundred other sailors on the USS Connecticut, a Seawolf-class ship engineered in the bygone Cold War era to be one of the fastest, quietest, and deepest-diving submersibles ever constructed.How a Nuclear Submarine Officer Learned to Live in Tight Quarters - Issue 94: Evolving | Steve Weiner | December 30, 2020 | Nautilus
Blues music is often treated like a museum piece, a relic from a bygone day, but this band will make you want to get up and dance.
The outsized personalities of that time are also of a bygone era.
In those bygone days before cell phones, they had to rely on an elaborate “buddy system,” a telephone tree, and pay phones.How a Dream Became a Law: Passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 | Wendy Smith | March 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Three years on, doesn't it already feel like a leftover from a bygone era?
And now, dig into this profile of Royko, a giant from a bygone time.The Stacks: John Schulian’s Classic Profile of Newspaper Columnist Mike Royko | John Schulian | January 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The "organ beater" of bygone days was invariably accompanied by the "organ pumper," often by several of them.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
But he failed to impose upon the Colonel, and was even far from impressing him with this trumped-up knowledge of bygone days.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
It is indeed in the fancy of Shakespeare that this bygone sweetness and irony seem the oftener to be kindled and awakened.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
Greetings to you and other Speculatives of our date, long bygone, alas!The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
In the regions of the Midi, of bygone civilization, historical castles still standing are rare.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for bygone
(usually prenominal) past; former
(often plural) a past occurrence
(often plural) an artefact, implement, etc, of former domestic or industrial use, now often collected for interest
let bygones be bygones to agree to forget past quarrels
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