Hogmanay

[ hog-muh-ney ]
/ ˌhɒg məˈneɪ /

noun Scot.

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

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Origin of Hogmanay

First recorded in 1670–80; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for hogmanay

Hogmanay
/ (ˌhɒɡməˈneɪ) /

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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