Definition of bygone in English:

bygone

adjective

  • Belonging to an earlier time:

    ‘relics of a bygone age’
    • ‘It is one of the most stunning buildings in the Clyde Valley and clearly belongs to a bygone age of sumptuous extravagance.’
    • ‘He spoke about how certain people are heroes but they are all bygone.’
    • ‘Now the houses of these bygone families have become a focus for visiting tourists and history buffs.’
    • ‘The book contains many photographs of bygone times and also includes former electric tramways in the area.’
    • ‘And is it really the business of government to prop up the ancient memorials of a bygone era?’
    • ‘The traditions and proceedings of the Commons are largely derived from a bygone age and none more so than it's adversarial nature.’
    • ‘Yes, this is a faux period piece, with extravagant costumes and peachy Technicolor colours from bygone movies.’
    • ‘The atmosphere of Strawberry Hill is one of gracious hospitality - again somehow it speaks of a bygone age.’
    • ‘The Street administration portrays the mounted unit as a relic of a bygone era.’
    • ‘I see something of several male friends from those bygone days and they too report that they never hear from their old girlfriends.’
    • ‘Moreover, English class society of a bygone era seems a relatively easy target.’
    • ‘Tourists would marvel at the elegant ingenuity of a bygone age.’
    • ‘The poet also dreams nostalgically of bygone years and of lost childhood.’
    • ‘There are plenty of houses and churches where you can soak up the carefully arranged atmosphere of bygone Bloomsbury.’
    • ‘So once again Europe was simply recalling the glories of the ancient bygone age on behalf of the natives.’
    • ‘The Colonel is a self-fashioned sleuth who seems to belong to a bygone era.’
    • ‘Looking back, I suppose it was a relic from a bygone age even then.’
    • ‘It has lent its support to Keighley Bus Museum's search for a permanent site to house its collection of bygone buses.’
    • ‘They represent bygone ages and social changes that occurred round the world.’
    • ‘The steam locomotive evokes nostalgic memories of a bygone era with its glory and old age charm.’
    past, former, earlier, one-time, long-ago, gone by, previous, forgotten, lost, finished, completed, of old, ancient, antiquated, obsolete, departed, dead, extinct, defunct, out of date, outmoded, passé
    of yore, olden, foregone
    forepassed
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noun

usually bygones
  • A thing dating from an earlier time:

    ‘the museum consists of a fascinating collection of rural bygones’
    • ‘The painful ache of regrets and bygones slowly fade into a mixture of brandy and honey.’
    • ‘Other modern bygones would include radios, TV sets and motorcycling gear.’
    • ‘The brittleness of both Old Firm defences meant the invoking of bygones in the lead-up to yesterday's derby.’
    • ‘Apparently, bygones haven't been gone by for long enough yet, and the attempt was repulsed.’
    • ‘Villagers are appealing for bygones and curios as they take their plans for a madcap ‘inland regatta’ a step forward.’
    • ‘Never pays much attention does Anglia - more interested in his farming diary or talking about bygones.’
    • ‘The astonishing collection of antiques, bygones and collectibles of Lincolnshire artist is expected to attract hundreds of fans.’
    • ‘It was he who spotted the potential of the Pickering doctor's collection of bygones, and pushed for the creation of what became York Castle Museum.’
    • ‘Recollections of bygones are merely threatening to stalk him in the here and now.’
    • ‘But it might be another story when it comes to bygones in terms of his relationship with this White House.’
    • ‘It even installed several icons on the desktop hawking the company and other bygones.’
    • ‘There was a full house for the April meeting at the WI Hall when a representative of the Cogges Farm Museum, Witney, talked about rural and domestic bygones.’

Pronunciation:

bygone

/ˈbʌɪɡɒn/