auld lang syne


: the good old times

Examples of auld lang syne in a Sentence

They drank a toast to auld lang syne. let us bid farewell to auld lang syne and welcome in the new year
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Word History


Scots, literally, old long ago

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of auld lang syne was in 1666

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“Auld lang syne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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auld lang syne

ˌōl-ˌ(d)aŋ-ˈzīn How to pronounce auld lang syne (audio)
: the good old times

from Scots, literally "old long ago"

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