auld lang syne

\ ˌōl(d)-ˌ(l)aŋ-ˈzīn How to pronounce auld lang syne (audio) , ˌȯl(d)- \

Definition of auld lang syne

: the good old times

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They drank a toast to auld lang syne. let us bid farewell to auld lang syne and welcome in the new year
Recent Examples on the Web Happy New Year's Day everyone and auld lang syne too! Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Your 2020 checklist: 6 steps to a safer digital life," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of auld lang syne

1666, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for auld lang syne

Scots, literally, old long ago

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The first known use of auld lang syne was in 1666

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15 Jan 2020

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“Auld lang syne.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of auld lang syne

: the good old times

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