past; gone by; earlier; former:
The faded photograph brought memories of bygone days.
Usually, bygones. that which is past:
Let’s not talk of bygones.
let bygones be bygones, to decide to forget past disagreements; become reconciled:
Let’s let bygones be bygones and be friends again.
Contemporary Examples

Lieberman’s Empty Promises Jane Hamsher November 9, 2008
China’s Schoolhouse Murder Mystery Huang Hung May 2, 2010

Historical Examples

A Day’s Ride Charles James Lever
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
Grace Harlowe’s First Year at Overton College Jessie Graham Flower
The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
Disturbed Ireland Bernard H. Becker
The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
Cy Whittaker’s Place Joseph C. Lincoln

(usually prenominal) past; former
(often pl) a past occurrence
(often pl) an artefact, implement, etc, of former domestic or industrial use, now often collected for interest
let bygones be bygones, to agree to forget past quarrels
see: let bygones be bygones


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