auld lang syne


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auld lang syne

 (ôld′ lăng zīn′, sīn′)
n.
The times gone past; the good old days.

[Scots : auld, old + lang, long + syne, since.]

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]

auld lang syne

(ˈɔld læŋ ˈzaɪn, ˈsaɪn)

n.
fondly remembered times.
[Scot: literally, old long since, i.e., old long-ago (days)]
References in classic literature ?
Then we joined hands and sang "Auld Lang Syne." Sara Ray cried bitterly in lieu of singing.
She wore her hair now in an enormous pompador and had discarded the blue ribbon bows of auld lang syne, but her face was as freckled, her nose as snubbed, and her mouth and smiles as wide as ever.
We'll `tak a cup o' kindness yet for auld lang syne.'"
Micawber's spirits becoming elevated, too, we sang 'Auld Lang Syne'.
I fear you are out at elbows; but we must see to that for auld lang syne, as once we sang at suppers.'
Half-past nine struck in the middle of the performance of "Auld Lang Syne," a most obstreperous proceeding, during which there was an immense amount of standing with one foot on the table, knocking mugs together and shaking hands, without which accompaniments it seems impossible for the youths of Britain to take part in that famous old song.
"And you needn't Mr Venus be your black bottle, For surely I'll be mine, And we'll take a glass with a slice of lemon in it to which you're partial, For auld lang syne."'
More than half of all Auld Lang Syne streams are from listeners aged over 45.
After the midnight countdown to the new year, the bells will ring "A Royal Peal" and "Auld Lang Syne," concluding with music from the "Royal Fireworks" by Handel.
We twa hae run about the braes, And pu'd the gowans fine, But we've wander'd mony a weary foot Sin'auld lang syne. We twa hae paidl't in the burn Frae morning sun till dine, But seas between us braid hae roar'd Sin'auld lang syne.
All together now The event finished with a resounding rendition of Auld Lang Syne
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