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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 of bygone
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (north) by-gane; see gone, by1
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  • People and things of bygone ages are romantic to us because the years have gilded them.

  • For instance, no mention has yet been made of the Hermæ of bygone ages.

    The Non-Christian Cross John Denham Parsons
  • You shall leave the scene of all past associations, all bygone annoyances.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • The children were in the habit of calling each other by that means in bygone years.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • The costume interests us as a study of bygone fashions, and is painted with exquisite care for detail.

    Van Dyck Estelle M. Hurll
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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