Definition of hogmanay :
The old name, in Scotland, for the last day of the year, on which children go about singing, and receive a dole of bread or cakes; also, the entertainment given on that day to a visitor, or the gift given to an applicant.
- A frien' o' mine- a grocer he was- had sent it across the street to me, for it was hard upo' Hogmanay. - "Alec Forbes of Howglen", George MacDonald.
- He testified against all dues and cesses, against all customs and excises, taxes and burdens; against beer and ale and wines and tobacco; against mumming and peep- shows and dancing, and every sort of play; against Christmas and Easter and Pentecost and Hogmanay. - "Salute to Adventurers", John Buchan.
- But we'll stan' while we can, an' be dancin' while we may, For there's twa we hae to finish, an' it's Hogmanay. - "Songs of Angus and More Songs of Angus", Violet Jacob.