Definition of bygone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbīˌɡôn/


Belonging to an earlier time: relics of a bygone society
More example sentences
  • It is one of the most stunning buildings in the Clyde Valley and clearly belongs to a bygone age of sumptuous extravagance.
  • 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.
past, former, olden, earlier, previous, one-time, long-ago, of old, ancient, antiquated;
departed, dead, extinct, defunct, out of date, outmoded
literary of yore


(usually bygones)
A thing dating from an earlier time.
Example sentences
  • 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 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.
  • The astonishing collection of antiques, bygones and collectibles of Lincolnshire artist is expected to attract hundreds of fans.


let bygones be bygones

Forget past offenses or causes of conflict and be reconciled.
Example sentences
  • It was unfortunate but relations weren't always very productive in the past and we'll let bygones be bygones.
  • Oh well, time to bury the hatchet and 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.

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Syllabification: by·gone

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