from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scots The eve of New Year's Day, on which children traditionally go from house to house asking for presents.
  • n. Scots A present requested or given on this day.

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  • proper n. New Year's Eve.
  • proper n. A celebration or gift for New Year's Eve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The old name, in Scotland, for the last day of the year, on which children go about singing, and receive a dole of bread or cakes; also, the entertainment given on that day to a visitor, or the gift given to an applicant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See hogmenay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. New Year's Eve in Scotland


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Origin unknown.

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From Scots


  • In Scotland, the festival celebrating the new year is called Hogmanay – a word derived from the Anglo-Saxon Haleg Monath (Holy Month), and the Gaelic, oge maiden (new morning).

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • I have never participated in Hogmanay, which is the name given to Scottish New Year celebrations, and which has its own traditions and customs.

    Scottish Black Bun - Happy New Year!

  • But the thing about it is, it is known that it came from northern France -- from Normandy, Brittany, from the very Celtic region for France -- and that there is a ceremony, an event very similar to it in Scotland and in Ireland, called the Hogmanay, that happens around New Year's, when they sing a song that is similar to the Guillanée.

    Old Mines Music

  • The writer of the last account speaks of the "breast-strip" as the "Hogmanay," and it is just possible that the well-known Hogmanay processions of children on New Year's Eve (in Scotland and elsewhere) may have some connection with the ritual above described.

    Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan

  • But I'd have passed on any kind of Hogmanay hoolie, black tie or black fishnets. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • They'll earn their fare across the ocean with a series of performances, including "Hogmanay,"

    Addison County Independent - Covering the 23 towns of Addison County, Vermont

  • It is customary for the poorer children to swaddle themselves in a great sheet, doubled up in front so as to form a vast pocket, and then go along the streets in little bands, calling out "Hogmanay" at the doors of the wealthier classes, and expecting a dole of oaten bread.

    Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan

  • In some parts it was called "The Galatians," to be sure, I say was, because one never sees it now-a-days, though fifty years ago, under the one designation or the other, it was played annually by the Hogmanay guizards, who, dressed for the occasion, set it forth with deliciously unsophisticated swagger and bluster in every house they visited that had a kitchen floor broad and wide enough for the operation.

    Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories A Book for Bairns and Big Folk

  • But it is in Scotland that the advent of the new year, or Hogmanay is kept with the most hilarity; the Scotch by their extra rejoicings at this time, seem to wish to make up for their utter neglect of Christmas.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 12, No. 348, December 27, 1828

  • So I got back from my Hogmanay Holiday with mates in a wee house in Perthshire to a ton of emails to respond to and other sundry works to be dealt with.

    Archive 2010-01-01


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