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Sunday, December 31, 2000

Definitions for Hogmanay

  1. a gift given on New Year's Eve.
  2. New Year's Eve in Scotland.

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Citations for Hogmanay
Farther on, Gib Dempster's dame, Kate, is at her door, with the bottle in her hand, to give another menagerie of maskers their "hogmanay," in the form of a dram; and Gib is at her back, eyeing her with a squint, to count how many interlusive applications of the cordial she will make to her own throat before she renounce her opportunity. Alexander Leighton, Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume 17
The children who went about on December 31 asking for their "hogmanay" were really asking for a Scottized French word for a cake. , "A changed meaning," The Glasgow Herald, 1947
Origin of Hogmanay
1670-1680
Hogmanay is the name for Scottish New Year's Eve. It probably comes from the Old French aguillanneuf, "last day of the year."