Hogmanay [hog-muh-ney] ExamplesWord Origin noun Scot.

  1. the eve of New Year’s Day.
  2. (lowercase) a gift given on Hogmanay.

Origin of Hogmanay First recorded in 1670–80; origin uncertain Examples from the Web for hogmanay Historical Examples of hogmanay

  • Hogmanay is the popular Scotch name for the last day of the year.

    Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I.

    Sir James George Frazer

  • Only two Jocks had got out and kept their Hogmanay elsewhere and quite elsehow—a creditably small proportion out of forty men.

    Non-combatants and Others

    Rose Macaulay

  • When the Provost gave his grand spree on Hogmanay there was never an invitation for the Gourlay youngsters.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown

  • On the eve of “Hogmanay,” as it is called, everybody stays up to welcome the New Year, with great jollification.

    Our Little Scotch Cousin

    Blanche McManus

  • Each child gets a quadrant of oat-cake (sometimes with cheese), and this is called the “Hogmanay.”

    Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan

    Clement A. Miles

  • British Dictionary definitions for hogmanay Hogmanay noun

    1. (sometimes not capital)
      1. New Year’s Eve in Scotland
      2. (as modifier)a Hogmanay party See also first-foot

    Word Origin for Hogmanay C17: Scottish and Northern English, perhaps from Norman French hoguinane, from Old French aguillanneuf the last day of the year; also, a New Year’s eve gift

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