• Some bits and bridle ornaments in the Jamestown collection. The artistic designs on many bridle bosses are symbolic of beautiful handiwork performed by craftsmen of a bygone day
    Some bits and bridle ornaments in the Jamestown collection. The artistic designs on many bridle bosses are symbolic of beautiful handiwork performed by craftsmen of a bygone day
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bygone well in the past; former "bygone days","dreams of foregone times","sweet memories of gone summers","relics of a departed era"
    • n bygone past events to be put aside "let bygones be bygones"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Bygone bī"gŏn` Past; gone by. "Bygone fooleries.""By-past perils."
    • n Bygone Something gone by or past; a past event. "Let old bygones be"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bygone Past; gone by; hence, out of date; antiquated: as, “thy bygone fooleries,”
    • n bygone What is gone by and past: as, that is a bygone; let bygones be bygones; “let old bygones be,”
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Let bygones be bygones - If people decide to let bygones be bygones, they decide to forget old problems or grievances they have with each other.


In literature:

How different a voyage for them all from the merry departures of bygone Maytides!
"The Life of John Ruskin" by W. G. Collingwood
They were heritors of estates heavily overweighted with the debts of a bygone generation.
"Is Ulster Right?" by Anonymous
Another was Tristam Pentire, a hero of contraband adventure, and agent for sale of smuggled cargoes in bygone times.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner
It was like peeping into the bygone days of fairydom.
"International Weekly Miscellany, Vol. 1, No. 5, July 29, 1850" by Various
He felt assured that very presently bygones would be bygones.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
It seemed like a bygone existence, though only two months ago.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Is she thinking of starlit nights on some distant lake, or of the old bygone days on the hills?
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
Such results are a compensation for many bygone sorrows.
"The Influence of Old Norse Literature on English Literature" by Conrad Hjalmar Nordby
In front of us, straight to the gate, ran a stiff little walk of white pebbles, hard and harsh as some bygone creed.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 29. August, 1873." by Various
Amidst that tremendous luxuriance of vegetation even lengthy scrutiny could barely make out the bygone plan of the Paradou.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola

In poetry:

For in far climes,
In bygone times,
Myself was royal too:
Oh, I have been
A king, my queen,
Who am a slave for you!
"The Whirligig Of Time" by Edith Nesbit
He was no peer by Fortune petted,
His name recalled no bygone age;
He was no lordling coronetted -
Alas! he was a simple page!
"Little Oliver" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Wake, then, in happier realms above,
The songs of bygone years,
Till angels learn those airs of love
That ravished mortal ears!
"After A Lecture On Moore" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Alas, little frocks and toys,
Shadows of bygone joys,--
Have I not treasure
Of bitterest pleasure
In these little frocks and toys?
"The Mother's Lament" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
When I remember bygone days
I think how evening follows morn;
So many I loved were not yet dead,
So many I love were not yet born.
"The Middle" by Ogden Nash
Let bygones be bygones:
Don't call me false, who owed not to be true:
I'd rather answer "No" to fifty Johns
Than answer "Yes" to you.
"No, Thank You John" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

What Bygone Absurdities Can Tell Us About Our Future.
Riverdale drive-in harkens back to a bygone era.
Brent's Drug Store preserves the feel of a bygone era.
Williams School students recall bygone days.
From Bella Vista restaurant you can see across the bay and into a bygone era of fine dining.
Uncle Lem's Mountain Outfitters evokes bygone era.
Touch of a bygone era.
The bygone middle-class golden era.
Cliff Fournier is something of a living museum piece, a 96-year-old survivor from a bygone era in Tacoma.
(AP) — In a basement in a quiet suburb 10 miles west of Manhattan, the characters of a bygone era in pop music are brought to life in mellifluous four-part harmony.
Then there are the tickers of bygone ETFs , whose association with failure means many firms won't use them.
The Lost Ethic of Fraser Robinson Michelle Obama's father is a virtuous relic of a bygone era.
One such cache of toy gems from bygone days is the collection of farmers Dan and Colene Shoop, who have a vast array of John Deere farm toys and cherished replicas.
The most famous Kardashian has put her own sultry spin on a bygone era.
Indian ace couturier Suneet Varma celebrated the completion of his 25 years as a designer in the fashion industry with a gala presentation of a majestic collection inspired by the magnificent bygone era of Indian royal fashion.

In science:

Of course, the structure of DNA came into existence billions of years ago, and it could be that what was relevant when life arose is not relevant now; i.e. the observed features are hanging around from a bygone era like the human appendix.
Testing Quantum Dynamics in Genetic Information Processing
Rapid progress of astronomical instruments and computer technologies in the last quarter of the bygone 20th century enriched cosmology with numerous observational data on the structure of distant cosmos.
Practical cosmology and cosmological physics