hurrah

[ huh-rah, -raw ]
/ həˈrɑ, -ˈrɔ /

interjection

(used as an exclamation of joy, exultation, appreciation, encouragement, or the like.)

verb (used without object)

to shout “hurrah.”

noun

an exclamation of “hurrah.”
hubbub; commotion; fanfare.
a colorful or tumultuous event; spectacle or celebration: We celebrated the centennial with a three-day hurrah.

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Idioms for hurrah

    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.
Also hur·ray [huh-rey], /həˈreɪ/, hoo·ray [hoo-rey], /hʊˈreɪ/, hoo·rah [hoo-rah] /hʊˈrɑ/ .

Origin of hurrah

First recorded in 1680–90; from German hurra
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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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What are some other forms related to hurrah?

  • hoorah (alternate spelling)

What are some synonyms for hurrah?

What are some words that often get used in discussing hurrah?

 

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.

 

 

Try using hurrah!

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

British Dictionary definitions for hurrah

hurrah

hooray (huːˈreɪ) or hurray (hʊˈreɪ)

/ (hʊˈrɑː) /

interjection, noun

a cheer of joy, victory, etc

verb

to shout "hurrah"

Word Origin for hurrah

C17: probably from German hurra; compare huzzah
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