Definition of bygone in English:



  • Belonging to an earlier time.

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forgotten, lost, finished, completed, of old, ancient, antiquated, obsolete, departed, dead, extinct, defunct, out of date, outmoded, passé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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it might be another story when it comes to bygones in terms of his relationship with this White House.’
    • ‘Recollections of bygones are merely threatening to stalk him in the here and now.’
    • ‘Apparently, bygones haven't been gone by for long enough yet, and the attempt was repulsed.’
    • ‘The astonishing collection of antiques, bygones and collectibles of Lincolnshire artist is expected to attract hundreds of fans.’
    • ‘The painful ache of regrets and bygones slowly fade into a mixture of brandy and honey.’
    • ‘Villagers are appealing for bygones and curios as they take their plans for a madcap ‘inland regatta’ a step forward.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Never pays much attention does Anglia - more interested in his farming diary or talking about 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.’
    • ‘It even installed several icons on the desktop hawking the company and other bygones.’


  • let bygones be bygones

    • Forget past offenses or causes of conflict and be reconciled.

      • ‘Oh well, time to bury the hatchet and let bygones be bygones.’
      • ‘That speech last September went well beyond letting bygones be bygones.’
      • ‘And now their children want to let bygones be bygones.’
      • ‘The president in his speech said he wanted to let bygones be bygones.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, letting bygones be bygones, we now focus on the upcoming home encounter - the only one that matters now.’
      • ‘I'm happy to let bygones be bygones and I will stop talking to the press as long as Bob does the same thing.’
      • ‘Right now, for the most part, those Democrats seem inclined to let bygones be bygones - signaling to journalists that they may as well do the same.’
      • ‘We also see these characters binding together in a tough time, letting bygones be bygones when all is said and done.’
      • ‘Yes, in the past, we may have thrown the gauntlet on occasion and gotten all up in his business, but we're willing to let bygones be bygones.’
      • ‘Collins still has friends on the committee, and recently issued a statement asking the committee to let bygones be bygones and get round the table to talk.’
      • ‘Apparently he's managed to convince Olivia to let bygones be bygones.’
      • ‘Now publicans have pledged to raise a glass to the incoming regiment and let bygones be bygones.’
      • ‘The defence of the pardons, and the emphasis on ‘pacification’ show the intention of letting bygones be bygones so that Argentines might now ‘look ahead’.’
      • ‘However, we were told that you would make full restitution for the damage you have caused to us and, if that is the case, we are not unwilling to let bygones be bygones.’
      • ‘That this may have happened for the second time in twenty years featuring many of the same people is a pretty clear indication that letting bygones be bygones will not do when dealing with this sort of traitorous, undemocratic behavior.’
      • ‘But of course, we know how much New Yorkers love California, so maybe the Big Apple will be willing to let bygones be bygones.’
      • ‘He needed to learn to let bygones be bygones, burry the hatchet, forgive and forget, and all those other euphemisms my mom was so fond of.’
      • ‘If he had been involved in theatre, or I had been mad about sports, the two things that are the polar opposites of our interests, then you might be able to say, ‘Oh, well, let bygones be bygones.’’
      • ‘It was unfortunate but relations weren't always very productive in the past and we'll let bygones be bygones.’
      • ‘I mean, British people, when asked about this, now are pretty relaxed in saying let bygones be bygones.’
      deliberately ignore, not take into consideration, disregard, take no notice of, take no account of, accept, allow, make allowances for, let pass, turn a blind eye to, overlook, forget, wink at, blink at, connive at
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