Definition of huzzah
Origin of huzzah
OTHER WORDS FROM huzzahun·huz·zahed, adjective
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MORE ABOUT HUZZAH
What does huzzah!
Huzzah is a word to shout when you want to celebrate something.
Huzzah is an interjection, meaning it’s a term used to express emotion, often outside of a sentence.
Huzzah is sometimes spelled huzza. Similar and related words are hurrah, hoorah, hooray, and hurray (all of which probably derive from or were influenced by huzzah). All of these words are used in the same way—as a celebratory exclamation (something to shout in celebration).
Huzzah started as something to shout out loud, but today it’s probably pretty rare for people to literally shout “Huzzah!” It sounds very old-timey—perhaps even more so than hurrah—and people are more into yelling woo! and woo-hoo! But huzzah is still 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 huzzah for followed by that thing, as in Huzzah for three-day weekends!
Huzzah can be used as a verb meaning to shout huzzah.
It can also be used to refer to a cheer of huzzah (as in a big huzzah from the crowd) or to an instance of praise (as in You got quite the huzzah from the boss today).
Example: Huzzah! The package I ordered is here!
Where does huzzah come from?
The first records of huzzah come from the late 1500s. It 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. 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 huzzah. Today, huzzah is used in the same way as hooray and hurrah.
Huzzah 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 Huzzah for you, graduate!
Huzzah and hurrah are very similar, but each is used in a way that the other is not. Hurrah can refer to 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). Huzzah isn’t typically used in these ways, but it does sometimes refer to praise or applause, as in The review was a major huzzah for the young artist.
Next time you woo-hoo, throw in a huzzah, and maybe a hurrah, too.
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How is huzzah used in real life?
Huzzah is a word for shouting that’s usually just written with an exclamation point. It’s always used informally.
.@TheGreatHulu has me saying “huzzah” all day! Superb acting. Delightfully good fun!
— Nazanin Boniadi (@NazaninBoniadi) May 25, 2020
I got to do it today guys. I got to send an email that started, “As per my last email…”
It’s a joyous day. Huzzah.
— Michelle (@My_Belle) May 27, 2020
Huzzah is the best. Like, you have to say that with some panache!
— Rachelle Lucas (@TravelBlggr) May 24, 2020
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Is Huzzah used correctly in the following passage?
Huzzah! Only three more days until it’s my birthday!
How to use huzzah in a sentence
The yell of the Highlanders was in their ears, and the huzzah of the English soldiers, as they dashed upon the retreating foe.French and English|Evelyn Everett-Green
Emptying the last stone from his knapsack, Bertrand imagines the huzzah of battle to have cleared this forest glade.The Land of Look Behind|Paul Cameron Brown
A shout from the troops—a huzzah, timed and perfunctory, but general.The Ship Dwellers|Albert Bigelow Paine
No sooner were the words spoken, which spread instantly, than there rose from the whole crowd one universal huzzah of joy.
The men clapped her until she began in self-defense another favorite of the moment, and ended in a perfect huzzah of applause.The Girl From His Town|Marie Van Vorst