- time spent in an office, factory, or the like, or for work, study, etc.: The doctor's hours were from 10 to 4. What an employee does after hours is his or her own business.
- customary time of going to bed and getting up: to keep late hours.
- (in the Christian church) the seven stated times of the day for prayer and devotion.
- the offices or services prescribed for these times.
- a book containing them.
- Also one's last hour.the instant of death: The sick man knew that his hour had come.
- any crucial moment.
Origin of hour
Related Words for hourpoint, flash, juncture, time, date, occasion, bit, minute, stage, freedom, moment, event, space, convenience, excuse, hope, generation, past, second, turn
Examples from the Web for hour
Contemporary Examples of hour
So here I am in my requisite Lululemon pants, grunting along to an old hip-hop song at a most ungodly hour.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
An hour later, he scored a second flight to Johannesburg for $380.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
He was released within the hour without a bond on his own recognizance.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
The child almost died from the delay of an hour in seeking help.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Her phone rings at least once an hour with questions from journalists, which she answers in Arabic, English, and sometimes French.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
Historical Examples of hour
I was with him when he died, but knew not the hour he departed, for he sunk to rest like an infant.
For more than an hour, there was perfect stillness, as the shades of evening deepened.
There was a long, airy gallery, in which he was allowed to take exercise any hour of the day.
He was busy almost half an hour, while Uncle Peter smoked in silence.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Very well; bring me what you have at that hour, and we'll strike a trade.Brave and Bold
- a time of success, fame, etc
- Also: one's last hourthe time of one's deathhis hour had come
Word Origin for hour
mid-13c., from Old French hore "one-twelfth of a day" (sunrise to sunset), from Latin hora "hour, time, season," from Greek hora "any limited time," from PIE *yor-a-, from root *yer- "year, season" (see year). Greek hora was "a season; 'the season;'" in classical times, sometimes, "a part of the day," such as morning, evening, noon, night. The Greek astronomers apparently borrowed the notion of dividing the day into twelve parts (mentioned in Herodotus) from the Babylonians (night continued to be divided into four watches), but as the amount of daylight changed throughout the year, the hours were not fixed or of equal length. Equinoctal hours did not become established in Europe until the 4c., and as late as 16c. distinction sometimes was made between temporary (unequal) hours and sidereal (equal) ones. The h- has persisted in this word despite not being pronounced since Roman times. Replaced Old English tid, literally "time," and stund "period of time." As a measure of distance ("the distance that can be covered in an hour") it is recorded from 1785.
see after hours; all hours; by the day (hour); eleventh hour; happy hour; keep late hours; on the hour; small hours.