adverb, preposition, conjunction Scot. and North England.

Nearby words

  1. syndicate,
  2. syndiotactic,
  3. syndrome,
  4. syndrome x,
  5. syndromic,
  6. synecdoche,
  7. synechia,
  8. synechiotomy,
  9. synechism,
  10. synecious

Origin of syne

1300–50; Middle English (north) seine, syn, contraction of sethen since; see sith Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for syne




adverb, preposition, conjunction

a Scot word for since

Word Origin for syne

C14: probably related to Old English sīth since


(tr) to rinse; wash out


a rinse

Word Origin for syne

C14: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for syne



as in Burns' poem "Auld Lang Syne" (1788) is recorded from c.1300, Scottish form of since (q.v.), without the adverbial genitive inflection.

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