from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Gone by; past: bygone days.
- n. One, especially a grievance, that is past: Let bygones be bygones.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having been or happened in the far past.
- n. A person or occurrence that took place in the past.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Past; gone by.
- n. Something gone by or past; a past event.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Past; gone by; hence, out of date; antiquated: as, “thy bygone fooleries,”
- n. What is gone by and past: as, that is a bygone; let bygones be bygones; “let old bygones be,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. well in the past; former
- n. past events to be put aside
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The words used in bygone eras were not as sharp or short as they are now, and neither were the phrases.
Today this is a hill near San Juanito Escobedo — locally known as Las Cuevas — but in bygone days this hill was actually an island in the middle of now-drained Lake Magdalena.
A geologist examines the quality of the obsidian at El Pedernal, which has four square kilometers of this natural volcanic glass.Today this is a hill near San Juanito Escobedo — locally known as Las Cuevas — but in bygone days this hill was actually an island in the middle of now-drained Lake Magdalena. They are localed in rural Jalisco, not far from Guadalajara. © John Pint, 2009
I lived near to what was a major public order situation in bygone years, and found interestingly that despite the fact I had to commute through it several days running, not once was i harrassed, stopped or bothered by the police.
Movies that employ wildly imagined inventions and anachronistic technology set in bygone eras can all fall under this name.
What happened in bygone days was that on the day before Lent, the choir boys would take a large scroll with the word "ALLELUIA" on it and bury it outside the church - only to be dug up again after Easter has passed.
Poets, lyrists shaped our national consciousness and gave expression to our national aspirations in bygone times - and they are continuing to shape that consciousness to this very day.
You are aware that in bygone ages, the world's noblest monuments, St. Denis in France, Westminster Abbey, and other repositories wherein the epics of nations shine eternally, were perfected not through mercenary toil, but mostly by the pious labours of the lowly, who thereby blended a portion of their drab, flitting existence with immortality.
They are incredible, until one recalls the wars and plagues and the incredibly bad life in bygone ages.
Having long before travelled this country on foot and by canoe it was indeed interesting during my recent flight to watch the river below, picking out spots here and there where in bygone years something interesting, amusing, or perhaps tragic had happened.
All around the castle was a deep trench filled with water; and across this there had been a bridge in bygone days that could be hoisted.
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