Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “might-have-been”

See all translations

might-have-been

noun [C] uk   /ˈmaɪt.əvˌbiːn/ us  
something positive that could have been achieved, but was not: There's no point now in regretting the might-have-beens.
Translations of “might-have-been”
in Chinese (Traditional) 本來可能發生的事(本來有機會達成的好事,但沒有成真)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 原本可以(本可以却没能取得好结果)…
(Definition of might-have-been from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of might-have-been?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More