Definition of long-ago in English:



  • Existing in or relating to a time in the distant past.

    ‘time has marched on since my long-ago youth’
    • ‘idyllic views of a long-ago New York’
    • ‘A rummage through the cupboard revealed a half-eaten packet of chips left over from some long-ago party; I devoured the contents within minutes.’
    • ‘By the time of the investigation in 1890, she seemed less concerned with his long-ago disappearance than with his pension benefits.’
    • ‘A woman brings her 20-something daughter to Italy, recreating the route of her long-ago honeymoon.’
    • ‘It looks like a souvenir of a long-ago pep rally.’
    • ‘Even given the director's gift for hyperbole, his account of that long-ago phone call seems peculiarly telling.’
    • ‘Scotsman Alexander Selkirk is another long-ago survivor of the sea.’
    • ‘In the long-ago days of the double entendre, wartime entertainer Gracie Fields could reduce battle-hardened troops to tears with this song.’
    • ‘Over lunch, she tried to remember as much as she could about Carlos and their long-ago romance.’
    • ‘Their conversation runs unbroken throughout, covering everything from relationships, politics and careers, to the lingering effects of their long-ago meeting.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, some long-ago fires were catastrophic.’
    • ‘It's a charming story about a parson and his family in search of a proper burger after church on a long-ago Sunday.’
    • ‘She remembered the frustration, fear and anger of that long-ago night.’
    • ‘Posters and fight cards announcing long-ago boxing matches cover the walls, alongside black-and-white photos of fighters and newspaper articles about Wild Card's trainer, Freddie Roach.’
    • ‘He is talking about his long-ago film career and how he was once a star.’
    • ‘Who was she, my long-ago ancestor, first of her dark-eyed family to bear a blue-eyed child?’
    • ‘In long-ago times, tulips were symbols of wealth and power.’
    past, former, earlier, one-time, long-ago, gone by, previous, forgotten, lost, finished, completed, of old, ancient, antiquated, obsolete, departed, dead, extinct, defunct, out of date, outmoded, passé