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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Definitions for auld lang syne

  1. Scot. and North England. old times, especially times fondly remembered.
  2. Scot. and North England. old or long friendship.

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Citations for auld lang syne
Have a glass of champagne with me for the sake of auld lang syne. Sarah Mason, Party Girl, 2003
"We had meant," the elder woman said, "to have a quiet little dinner--we two and you, before the party--for auld lang syne...." Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not ..., 1924
Origin of auld lang syne
Auld lang syne in modern American English is associated just about exclusively with New Year’s Eve and the song of the same name by the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759–96), but the phrase is recorded in Scotland in the 17th century. The phrase in Scots literally means “old long since,” that is, “old, long-ago, (for) old times’ sake.” Auld lang syne entered Scots English in the 17th century.