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[hawr-uh-ree, hohr-]
adjective Archaic.
  1. pertaining to an hour; indicating the hours: the horary circle.
  2. occurring every hour; hourly.
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Origin of horary

1610–20; < Medieval Latin hōrārius, equivalent to hōr(a) hour + -ārius -ary
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Historical Examples

  • To what other ark, then, could he have been alluding, if not to the horary diurnal ark?

    Notes and Queries, Number 79, May 3, 1851


  • It is needful to remember the colours belonging to the signs, as they are especially useful in horary questions.

  • Horary questions are questions asked at a certain time when a person feels anxious concerning any undertaking or impending event.

  • In nativities, they seem to consider them as indices; but, in horary questions, as causes.

  • This, he says, occurs along the equator, where the horary motion is at its maximum; and thus the tropic current is formed.

British Dictionary definitions for horary


adjective archaic
  1. relating to the hours
  2. hourly
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Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin hōrārius; see hour
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