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langsyne

or lang syne

[lang-zahyn, -sahyn]Scot.
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adverb
  1. long since; long ago.
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noun
  1. time long past.
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Origin of langsyne

First recorded in 1490–1500; lang + syne
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Examples from the Web for langsyne

Historical Examples

  • In Norroway, langsyne, there lived a certain lady, and she had three dochters.

    The Blue Fairy Book

    Various

  • The very stones prate of Neptune's whereabouts in days of langsyne.

  • Weel, and ye shall hear; for my mother used to tell me the langsyne stories sae aft, that I can just repeat them in her ain words.

  • Come, bide whar ye are; ye'll aye be welcome for the sake o' langsyne.

  • Langsyne our chief sold our land further north—instead of it we got this glen.

    Merkland

    Mrs. Oliphant


British Dictionary definitions for langsyne

langsyne

adverb
  1. long ago; long since
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noun
  1. times long past, esp those fondly rememberedSee also auld lang syne
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Word Origin

C16: Scottish: long since
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