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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Long ago; long since.
  • noun Time long past; times past.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Scot. Long since; long ago.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adverb at a distant time in the past (chiefly Scottish)
  • noun past times remembered with nostalgia
  • adverb of the distant or comparatively distant past

Etymologies

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

[Scots lang syne, from Middle English lang sine : long, lang, long; see long + sine, since (contraction of sithen, sithens; see since).]

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