Definition of long-lost in US English:



  • Lost or absent for a long time.

    ‘a long-lost friend’
    ‘his long-lost youth’
    • ‘He'd walked into Hanson's office to be greeted by Oldfield as a long-lost friend.’
    • ‘Here you can see reconstructed Inca ruins evoking a long-lost past.’
    • ‘That's why her eldest son, Patsy, was determined to find some link with his long-lost Spanish cousins.’
    • ‘Village children yell the names of the Noronha girls, their long-lost friends.’
    • ‘It took Rhea almost an hour to finally locate this long-lost friend and guardian, and she restrained herself from running into the room.’
    • ‘I've found a foolproof way to make long-lost friends come out of the woodwork.’
    • ‘A former East Lancashire woman who now lives in Mexico is trying to get in touch with a long-lost friend from Darwen.’
    • ‘I bet long-lost relatives are already lining up to hail their cousin!’
    • ‘Since his arrival he has been searching for his long-lost relatives and for the next four weeks he will be documenting his search.’
    • ‘It turns out it was his day to visit with a few other long-lost friends.’
    • ‘Pat spent that evening and night with long-lost friends and had the time of his life.’
    • ‘I was actually put back in touch with my two long-lost half-brothers because of all this.’
    • ‘We were greeted like long-lost friends and ushered to our table, where we received devoted service for the rest of the night.’
    • ‘He promised that once she was well enough they together would go on a search for the long-lost friend.’
    • ‘They are also perfect settings for a reunion of long-lost friends, or a quiet rendezvous of two loving souls.’
    • ‘The claimant knows all the things he ought to know, and talks convincingly to the long-lost heir's friends.’
    • ‘Since his arrival he has been searching for his long-lost relatives.’
    • ‘Then you can meet your long-lost friend, one who is supposed to be dead.’
    • ‘After some investigation, she becomes convinced the stranger is her long-lost father.’
    • ‘As families spread rugs on the grass, or head off to pick fruit, others greet each other like long-lost friends.’



/ˈlôNG ˈˌlôst//ˈlɔŋ ˈˌlɔst/