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auld lang syne

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Pronunciation: /ˌɔːld laŋ ˈsʌɪn
 
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Definition of auld lang syne in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Times long past.
Example sentences
  • Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?
  • Literally translated from Scottish dialect, the words auld lang syne mean old long since, or, in more familiar terms, days gone by.

Origin

late 18th century: Scots (see auld, lang syne). The phrase was popularized as the title and refrain of a song by Robert Burns (1788).

Phrases

for auld lang syne

1
For old times' sake: how about a bock, for auld lang syne, before we start our argument?
More example sentences
  • For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne…
  • But he is taking an uncharacteristic risk for the sake of auld lang syne.

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