verb (used without object)
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What does hurrah mean?
Hurrah is a word to shout when you want to celebrate something.
Hurrah is an interjection, meaning it’s a term used to express emotion, often outside of a sentence.
Hurrah is sometimes spelled hoorah. Similar and related words are hooray, hurray, and huzzah. All of these words are used in the same way—as a celebratory exclamation (something to shout in celebration).
Hurrah started as something to shout out loud, but today it’s probably pretty rare for people to literally shout “Hurrah!” (It sounds a bit old-timey, and people are more into yelling woo! and woo-hoo!) But hurrah is still often used as an interjection in informal, conversational writing, such as social media posts and texts. To show appreciation for something in particular, you might write hurrah for followed by that thing, as in Hurrah for three-day weekends!
Hurrah can be used as a verb meaning to shout hurrah or to celebrate, as in They were hurrahed for their bravery.
It can also be used to refer to a cheer of hurrah (as in a big hurrah from the crowd), commotion or fanfare (as in There was much hurrah following the announcement), or a showy spectacle or celebration (as in We’ll have a big hurrah to celebrate).
Hurrah is also part of the common phrase last hurrah, meaning a final attempt, competition, performance, success, or celebration before something ends, such as a career.
Example: Hurrah! The package I ordered is here!
Where does hurrah come from?
The first recorded uses of terms like hurrah, hooray, and hurray come from the 1700s and 1800s. Hooray and hurray are thought to be variants of hurrah, which comes from the similar German term hurra. All of these may or may not have been based on or influenced by the earlier and very similar huzzah. Huzzah is thought to come from a word that sailors used to shout in celebration. It may derive from the word hoise, meaning “to hoist”—which they’d shout when hoisting (raising) something, like the sails of the ship. Today, huzzah is used in the same way as hooray and hurrah.
Hurrah can be used in any situation in which you want to shout out in celebration. When it’s followed by for, it’s meant to celebrate or show appreciation for whatever’s next, as in Hurrah for you, graduate!
A big hurrah can refer to a big fuss or a big celebration or a big commotion. A last hurrah or a final hurrah is the last time doing something, especially when it’s significant or celebratory, before something ends, such as a period of time in a particular job or school. For example, an athlete’s last hurrah might be one last game or tournament before retirement, especially if they win.
Next time you woo-hoo, throw in a hurrah, and maybe a huzzah.
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How is hurrah used in real life?
Hurrah is a word for shouting that’s usually just written with an exclamation point. It’s always used informally.
I’m feeling *vastly* better, mostly. Brain starting to work! No shortness of breath. Earache comes and goes. Yesterday I had an awful sore throat. Today it’s gone, hurrah.
— Maud Newton (@maudnewton) May 19, 2020
Wish you well for decades more to come …and yes, a big hurrah to NHS and all its staff.
— Kasra Naji (@BBCKasraNaji) May 25, 2020
Senior Sunset was wonderful last night, it was truly a great last hurrah before graduation.
— Riley Kocich (@RK62_) May 22, 2020
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Is hurrah used correctly in the following passage?
Hurrah! Only three more days until it’s my birthday!
Example sentences from the Web for hurrah
If an editor at the paper will speak up for journalistic ethics, hurrah.
The men gave a hurrah, and George and Jacky prepared to run and find the treasure.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
Presently a cry louder than all the rest reached our ears—a truly British Hurrah!Saved from the Sea|W.H.G. Kingston
Luckily on the 6th he was joined by Admiral Parker with five ships, and on the 13th—hurrah!As We Sweep Through The Deep|Gordon Stables