Definition of auld lang syne in English:

auld lang syne

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Pronunciation: /ˌɔːld laŋ ˈsʌɪn


[mass noun]
  • Times long past.
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    • 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.


for auld lang syne

For old times' sake: how about a bock, for auld lang syne, before we start our argument?
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  • 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.


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

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