chiefly Scotland
: at a distant time in the past

lang syne

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chiefly Scotland
: times past
should auld acquaintance be forgot, and days o' auld lang syneRobert Burns

Word History



Middle English (Scots), from lang long + syne since

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1694, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lang syne was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near lang syne

Cite this Entry

“Lang syne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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