Definitions for auld lang syneˈɔld læŋ ˈzaɪn, ˈsaɪn
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auld lang syneˈɔld læŋ ˈzaɪn, ˈsaɪn(n.)
fondly remembered times.
Origin of auld lang syne:
Scot: lit., old long since, i.e., old long-ago (days)
Auld lang syne
a Scottish phrase used in recalling recollections of times long since past
Auld Lang Syne
"Auld Lang Syne" is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world; its traditional use being to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations and as a farewell or ending to other occasions. The international Boy Scout youth movement, in many countries, uses it as a close to jamborees and other functions. The song's Scots title may be translated into English literally as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by" or "old times". Consequently "For auld lang syne", as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as "for old times". The phrase "Auld Lang Syne" is also used in similar poems by Robert Ayton, Allan Ramsay, and James Watson as well as older folk songs predating Burns. Matthew Fitt uses the phrase "In the days of auld lang syne" as the equivalent of "Once upon a time..." in his retelling of fairy tales in the Scots language.
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