Hogmanay

[hog-muh-ney]
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noun Scot.

the eve of New Year's Day.
(lowercase) a gift given on Hogmanay.

Origin of Hogmanay

First recorded in 1670–80; origin uncertain

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Hogmanay

noun

(sometimes not capital)
  1. New Year's Eve in Scotland
  2. (as modifier)a Hogmanay party See also first-foot

Word Origin for Hogmanay

C17: Scottish and Northern English, perhaps from Norman French hoguinane, from Old French aguillanneuf the last day of the year; also, a New Year's eve gift

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