[ huh-rah, -raw ]
See synonyms for: hurrahhurrahs on

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

verb (used without object)
  1. to shout “hurrah.”

  1. an exclamation of “hurrah.”

  2. hubbub; commotion; fanfare.

  1. a colorful or tumultuous event; spectacle or celebration: We celebrated the centennial with a three-day hurrah.

Idioms about hurrah

  1. 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.

Origin of hurrah

First recorded in 1680–90; from German hurra
  • Also hur·ray [huh-rey], /həˈreɪ/, hoo·ray [hoo-rey], /hʊˈreɪ/, hoo·rah [hoo-rah] /hʊˈrɑ/ . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hurrah in a sentence

  • With two championships stowed safely away, it was only natural that the baseball season should have begun with a hip-hip-hurray.

  • "Hurray," said Katharine, with a sincerity which would have deceived a diplomat.

    Berry And Co. | Dornford Yates
  • Hurray for Buster; hes all right; and this time hes struck a brilliant idea!

  • When Jonas had left the room, however, Rollo leaped about with many a caper, and shouted “Hurray!”

    Rollo in Society | George S. Chappell
  • hurrah, in American, has also borrowed the a of plate; one hears hurray much oftener than hurraw.

    The American Language | Henry L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for hurrah


hooray (huːˈreɪ) or hurray (hʊˈreɪ)

/ (hʊˈrɑː) /

interjection, noun
  1. a cheer of joy, victory, etc

  1. to shout "hurrah"

Origin of hurrah

C17: probably from German hurra; compare huzzah

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