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also lang syne  (lăng-zīn′)Scots
Long ago; long since.
Time long past; times past.

[Scots lang syne, from Middle English lang sine : long, lang, long; see long1 + sine, since (contraction of sithen, sithens; see since).]
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(ˌlæŋˈsəɪn; -ˈsaɪn)
long ago; long since
times long past, esp those fondly remembered. See also auld lang syne
[C16: Scottish: long since]
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or lang syne

(ˌlæŋˈzaɪn, -ˈsaɪn)
Scot. adv.
1. long since; long ago.
2. time long past.
[1490–1500; lang, Scots form of long1 + syne]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.langsyne - past times remembered with nostalgialangsyne - past times remembered with nostalgia
past, past times, yesteryear - the time that has elapsed; "forget the past"
Adv.1.langsyne - at a distant time in the past (chiefly Scottish)
Scotland - one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; located on the northern part of the island of Great Britain; famous for bagpipes and plaids and kilts
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There's no better way to celebrate 'auld langsyne' than making wishes and going into the new year with a positive attitude.
I' the blithe sweet days o' langsyne; An' bonny an' fair were the three wee flowers That ance were Willie and mine.
Pearce, Jun., 1844); Janet Hamilton, Poems of Purpose and Sketches in Prose of Scottish Peasant Life and Character in Auld Langsyne, Sketches of Local Scenes and Characters, with a Glossary (Glasgow: Thomas Murray and Son, 1865); and Barbara H.