: of or relating to a program set up by the U.S. Department of Agriculture originally in rural areas to help young people become productive citizens by instructing them in useful skills (as in agriculture, animal husbandry, and carpentry), community service, and personal development
4-H'er noun
or less commonly 4-Her

Examples of 4-H in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Thompsons raise shorthorn cattle for FFA and 4-H clubs to show, board horses including ones with injuries, raise hay and produce between 10,000 and 11,000 pounds of pecans each year. Dallas News, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History


from the fourfold aim of improving the head, heart, hands, and health

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of 4-H was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“4-H.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/4-H. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of or relating to a program set up by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to instruct young people in useful skills (as in agriculture) and in good citizenship
4-H club

so called from the goal of improving a person in head, heart, hands, and health

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