Hog·​ma·​nay ˌhäg-mə-ˈnā How to pronounce Hogmanay (audio)
Scotland : the eve of New Year's Day
Scotland : a gift solicited or given at Hogmanay

Examples of Hogmanay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Edinburgh puts on a Hogmanay festival that includes a torchlight procession, concerts, and a disco party. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 24 Sep. 2023 Celebrations of New Year's Eve — called Hogmanay by the Scots — are particularly raucous. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2023 Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged people to stay at home for the traditional Hogmanay year-end celebrations. Bloomberg.com, 29 Dec. 2020

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Word History


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First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hogmanay was in 1681

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“Hogmanay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hogmanay. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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