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[huh-rah, -raw] /həˈrɑ, -ˈrɔ/
(used as an exclamation of joy, exultation, appreciation, encouragement, or the like.)
verb (used without object)
to shout “hurrah.”.
an exclamation of “hurrah.”.
hubbub; commotion; fanfare.
a colorful or tumultuous event; spectacle or celebration:
We celebrated the centennial with a three-day hurrah.
last / final hurrah, a final moment or occasion of glory or achievement:
The new play will be her last hurrah as an actress before she retires.
Also, hurray
[huh-rey] /həˈreɪ/ (Show IPA),
hooray, hoorah.
Origin of hurrah
First recorded in 1680-90, hurrah is from the German word hurra Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for hurrah
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  • I pointed into the bushes with signs of "hurrah, it's Wahb."

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • The place was cold as a barn, an' it looked like a hurrah's nest.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • I'm just as likely to wave my hat and hurrah as I am to do anything.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I fired and was reloading my gun, when I heard a hurrah behind me.

  • Recently the filly shied, took the bit in her teeth and—hurrah, boys!

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • There I was, though, and the crowd doin' the hurrah act for all it was worth.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • No iron mixed with miry clay, Will ever do, the people say,hurrah!

    The Liberty Minstrel George W. Clark
  • No other man in this our day Will ever do, the people say:hurrah!

    The Liberty Minstrel George W. Clark
  • "hurrah, Songbird, you ought to have that set to music," cried Dick.

    The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
British Dictionary definitions for hurrah


interjection, noun
a cheer of joy, victory, etc
to shout "hurrah"
Word Origin
C17: probably from German hurra; compare huzzah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hurrah

1680s, alteration of huzza, similar to shouts recorded in German, Danish, Swedish. Perhaps picked up during Thirty Years' War. Hurra was said to be the battle-cry of Prussian soldiers during the War of Liberation (1812-13). Hooray is its popular form and is almost as old. Also hurray (1780); hurroo (1824); hoorah (1798).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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