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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 hurray
Historical Examples
  • He only spoke in time, for in the excitement the men were about to hurray.

    Begumbagh George Manville Fenn
  • hurray,” cried Frank, “one of your fleet must have recaptured it.

  • Youve nothing to say at all but only harden your heart and shout, hurray, my boys!

    Mothwise Knut Hamsun
  • But even as the hurray ascended the side of the cliff, so did the rope.

    Ross Grant Tenderfoot John Garland
  • This time we were off, and when I realized it I said "hurray!"

  • "hurray," said Katharine, with a sincerity which would have deceived a diplomat.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • "hurray," cried Harry who had wandered a short distance from the others.

    Boy Scouts in Southern Waters

    G. Harvey Ralphson
  • hurray for her father and mother: there they are, with old squire an' the major's mother.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang
  • hurray for the new life of liberty and fresh experiences as Miss Million's maid!

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • "hurray for the young aviators of the Rio Grande," cried Bob, swinging his arm like a cheer leader of the school team.

British Dictionary definitions for hurray


interjection, noun
a cheer of joy, victory, etc
to shout "hurrah"
Word Origin
C17: probably from German hurra; compare huzzah
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Word Origin and History for hurray


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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