Definition of "bygone" []

  • Gone by; past: bygone days. (adjective)
  • One, especially a grievance, that is past: Let bygones be bygones. (noun)
  • Past; former (adjective)

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  • A past occurrence (noun)
  • An artefact, implement, etc, of former domestic or industrial use, now often collected for interest (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bygone" in a sentence
  • "The words used in bygone eras were not as sharp or short as they are now, and neither were the phrases."
  • "Today this is a hill near San Juanito Escobedo — locally known as Las Cuevas — but in bygone days this hill was actually an island in the middle of now-drained Lake Magdalena."
  • "I lived near to what was a major public order situation in bygone years, and found interestingly that despite the fact I had to commute through it several days running, not once was i harrassed, stopped or bothered by the police."