Definition of Hogmanay in English:

Hogmanay

Pronunciation /ˌhɒɡməˈneɪ//ˈhɒɡməneɪ/

noun

  • (in Scotland) New Year's Eve, and the celebrations that take place at this time.

    • ‘On Hogmanay I met my neighbour twice, swirling through the crowd at the local hall.’
    • ‘Edinburgh's Hogmanay is now a brilliant party and Scotland's other cities have an open invitation to join it.’
    • ‘I have a theory that that's the reason why Hogmanay is more important in Scotland than New Year's Day.’
    • ‘The City of Edinburgh Council has mooted an art festival to coincide with Edinburgh's Hogmanay as part of its visual arts strategy.’
    • ‘It's a uniquely Scottish celebration - at Hogmanay everyone really enters into the spirit of it.’
    • ‘I recall on the millennium Hogmanay he chose to attend a local Glasgow street party.’
    • ‘Until 1998 Scotland broadcast its Hogmanay celebrations to the whole of the UK.’
    • ‘Today, Edinburgh's Hogmanay is the biggest New Year party in Europe.’
    • ‘She added that there would be special provisions for major events such as the Hogmanay celebrations in the centre of the city.’
    • ‘The year of millennium celebrations comes to an end with the biggest and best Hogmanay and New Year bash that Scotland has seen.’
    • ‘The first Hogmanay after her recovery, Robin proposed to her in the Balmoral hotel, Edinburgh, against a background of fireworks.’
    • ‘Ally and Blair are off to Scotland for Christmas and Hogmanay with Blair's family so today is the last day that the we can all get together for a meal.’
    • ‘So instead, I'm planning on going to a house party to celebrate Hogmanay with some friends (inside where it is warm).’
    • ‘What is central to Hogmanay is the idea of giving, exchange, celebration, enjoyment, even kissing.’
    • ‘Grant, 23, had bought a ring he had chosen with Pamela, also 23, and planned to present it to her on Hogmanay, but was unable to keep it a secret.’
    • ‘At Hogmanay, I'm a bit of a traditionalist, and like to see the bells in with my parents.’
    • ‘An established festival like Hogmanay is a winner.’
    • ‘But within days she flew to Scotland for Hogmanay with an actor, and three rock stars.’
    • ‘New Year's Eve, called Hogmanay, has long been the main midwinter celebration.’
    • ‘However, the biggest celebration of all is planned for Hogmanay, when Glasgow plans to show the rest of the world how to party.’

Origin

Early 17th century: perhaps from hoguinané, Norman French form of Old French aguillanneuf ‘last day of the year, new year's gift’.

Pronunciation

Hogmanay

/ˌhɒɡməˈneɪ//ˈhɒɡməneɪ/