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

  • adv. Long ago; long since.
  • n. Time long past; times past.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Yesteryear, in the old days, some time ago.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Long since; long ago.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Time long past; the days of long ago. See syne.

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

  • adv. of the distant or comparatively distant past
  • adv. at a distant time in the past (chiefly Scottish)
  • n. past times remembered with nostalgia


Scots lang syne, from Middle English lang sine : long, lang, long; see long1 + sine, since (contraction of sithen, sithens; see since).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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