[ huh-rah, -raw ]
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  1. (used as an exclamation of joy, exultation, appreciation, encouragement, or the like.)

verb (used without object)
  1. to shout “hurrah.”

  1. an exclamation of “hurrah.”

  2. hubbub; commotion; fanfare.

  1. a colorful or tumultuous event; spectacle or celebration: We celebrated the centennial with a three-day hurrah.

Idioms about hurrah

  1. 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.

Origin of hurrah

First recorded in 1680–90; from German hurra
  • Also hur·ray [huh-rey], /həˈreɪ/, hoo·ray [hoo-rey], /hʊˈreɪ/, hoo·rah [hoo-rah] /hʊˈrɑ/ .

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How to use hurrah in a sentence

  • Aunt Jane sat on the front seat; uncle Tom jumped up beside her with the reins in his hands; the children shouted "hurrah!"

  • A rousing hurrah resounded from thousands of throats as the Emperors train entered the station.

  • A loud hurrah rings out from the soldiers who watch them from the Falmouth shore.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • It was not a hurrah that they gave so much as a wild, jubilant cry of inexpressible joy.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • We met him about fifty yards from the boat, and raised a loud hurrah.

    Left on Labrador | Charles Asbury Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for hurrah


hooray (huːˈreɪ) or hurray (hʊˈreɪ)

/ (hʊˈrɑː) /

interjection, noun
  1. a cheer of joy, victory, etc

  1. to shout "hurrah"

Origin of hurrah

C17: probably from German hurra; compare huzzah

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