auld lang syne

auld lang syne

[awld lang zahyn, sahyn]
noun Scot. and North England.
1.
old times, especially times fondly remembered.
2.
old or long friendship.

Origin:
literally, old long since, i.e., old long-ago (days)

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auld lang syne (ˈɔːld læŋ ˈsəɪn, ˈsaɪn, ˈzaɪn)
 
n
old times; times past, esp those remembered with affection or nostalgia
 
[Scottish, literally: old long since]

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“Auld Lang Syne” [(awld lang zeyen, seyen)]

A traditional Scottish song, customarily sung on New Year's Eve; the title means “Time Long Past.” The words, passed down orally, were recorded by the eighteenth-century poet Robert Burns. The song begins:

Should auld [old] acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to min'?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
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