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bygone

[bahy-gawn, -gon] /ˈbaɪˌgɔn, -ˌgɒn/
adjective
1.
past; gone by; earlier; former:
The faded photograph brought memories of bygone days.
noun
2.
Usually, bygones. that which is past:
Let's not talk of bygones.
Idioms
3.
let bygones be bygones, to decide to forget past disagreements; become reconciled:
Let's let bygones be bygones and be friends again.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (north) by-gane; see gone, by1
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  • But to bygone generations, casting one's ballot publicly seemed the obvious approach.
  • But he'll perhaps have a harder time doing so than some bygone nominees.
  • Therefore, nukes are useless and are a relic of a bygone age.
  • People approach and want to handle them or share stories of a bygone era.
  • Pay special attention to the depiction of the newsstand, because it is so wonderful and bygone.
  • They became artifacts of a bygone communist order and the lost power of its coercive spectacles.
  • There's pain in his tattered voice but also the adamant, inscrutable, almost impersonal tone of bygone rural blues singers.
  • The ford carried the heavy traffic of bygone days across the river.
  • Visitors can experience a bygone era watching proprietors in period clothing conduct business in the style of yesterday.
  • Many vintage photographs of the hotels and their guests portray tourism in a bygone era.
British Dictionary definitions for bygone

bygone

/ˈbaɪˌɡɒn/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal) past; former
noun
2.
(often pl) a past occurrence
3.
(often pl) an artefact, implement, etc, of former domestic or industrial use, now often collected for interest
4.
let bygones be bygones, to agree to forget past quarrels
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Word Origin and History for bygone
adj.

early 15c., from by (adv.) + gone. Cf. similar construction of aforesaid. As a noun from 1560s (see bygones).

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