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[huh-rah, -raw]
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  1. (used as an exclamation of joy, exultation, appreciation, encouragement, or the like.)
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verb (used without object)
  1. to shout “hurrah.”
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  1. an exclamation of “hurrah.”
  2. hubbub; commotion; fanfare.
  3. a colorful or tumultuous event; spectacle or celebration: We celebrated the centennial with a three-day hurrah.
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  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.
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Also hur·ray [huh-rey] /həˈreɪ/, hooray, hoorah.

Origin of hurrah

First recorded in 1680–90, hurrah is from the German word hurra
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Historical Examples

  • He only spoke in time, for in the excitement the men were about to hurray.


    George Manville Fenn

  • Hurray,” cried Frank, “one of your fleet must have recaptured it.

  • Youve nothing to say at all but only harden your heart and shout, Hurray, my boys!


    Knut Hamsun

  • But even as the hurray ascended the side of the cliff, so did the rope.

  • This time we were off, and when I realized it I said "Hurray!"

British Dictionary definitions for hurray


hooray (huːˈreɪ) or hurray (hʊˈreɪ)

interjection, noun
  1. a cheer of joy, victory, etc
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  1. to shout "hurrah"
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Word Origin

C17: probably from German hurra; compare huzzah
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Word Origin and History for hurray


1680s, alteration of huzza, similar to shouts recorded in German, Danish, Swedish. Perhaps picked up during Thirty Years' War. Hurra was said to be the battle-cry of Prussian soldiers during the War of Liberation (1812-13). Hooray is its popular form and is almost as old. Also hurray (1780); hurroo (1824); hoorah (1798).

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