- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
An hour later, he scored a second flight to Johannesburg for $380.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He was released within the hour without a bond on his own recognizance.
The child almost died from the delay of an hour in seeking help.
Her phone rings at least once an hour with questions from journalists, which she answers in Arabic, English, and sometimes French.
In an hour he was back again with a huge bundle of dry wood.A Roving Commission|G. A. Henty
Why should it break its pretty painted wings in trying to soar above the sunshine of the hour?Miss Hildreth, Volume 1 of 3|Augusta de Grasse Stevens
After this it disappeared, having remained somewhat less than a quarter of an hour.Buffon's Natural History, Volume II (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
At a quarter past the hour she felt so poorly as to be compelled to retire to her room.'Farewell, Nikola'|Guy Boothby
At the end of a quarter of an hour of arrest, which had nothing disagreeable in it, he was simply asked to leave.
British Dictionary definitions for hour
- a time of success, fame, etc
- Also: one's last hour the time of one's deathhis hour had come
Word Origin for hour
Word Origin and History 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.
Science definitions for hour
Idioms and Phrases with hour
see after hours; all hours; by the day (hour); eleventh hour; happy hour; keep late hours; on the hour; small hours.