lang syne

adverb
\ (ˌ)laŋ-ˈzīn How to pronounce lang syne (audio) , -ˈsīn How to pronounce lang syne (audio) \

Definition of lang syne

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly Scotland
: at a distant time in the past

lang syne

noun

Definition of lang syne (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of lang syne

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1694, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lang syne

Adverb

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

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“Lang syne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lang%20syne. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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