or lang syne

[lang-zahyn, -sahyn]Scot.
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  1. time long past.

Origin of langsyne

First recorded in 1490–1500; lang + syne Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for lang syne

past, bygone, recently, foretime

British Dictionary definitions for lang syne


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

Word Origin for langsyne

C16: Scottish: long since
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Word Origin and History for lang syne

c.1500, Scottish variant of long since; popularized in Burns' song, 1788.

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