Definition of Hogmanay noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhɒɡməneɪ//
, BrE//ˌhɒɡməˈneɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːɡməneɪ//
, NAmE//ˌhɑːɡməˈneɪ//
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(in Scotland) New Year’s Eve (31 December) and the celebrations that happen on that day Word Origin early 17th cent.: perhaps from hoguinané, Norman French form of Old French aguillanneuf ‘last day of the year, new year's gift’.