hour

noun
\ ˈau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce hour (audio) \

Definition of hour

1 : a time or office for daily liturgical devotion especially : canonical hour
2 : the 24th part of a day : 60 minutes
3a : the time of day reckoned in two 12-hour periods
b hours plural : the time reckoned in one 24-hour period from midnight to midnight using a 4-digit number of which the first two digits indicate the hour and the last two digits indicate the minute in the military 4:30 p.m. is called 1630 hours
4a : a customary or particular time lunch hour in our hour of need also : moment sense 1b hero of the hour
b hours plural : time of going to bed keeps late hours also : time of working banker's hours
5 : an angular unit of right ascension equal to 15 degrees measured along the celestial equator
6 : the work done or distance traveled at normal rate in an hour the city was two hours away
7a : a class session
after hours
: after the regular quitting or closing time

Examples of hour in a Sentence

She wasn't supposed to eat for six hours before the operation. You'll be paid by the hour for this job. The job pays ten dollars an hour. She exercises for a full hour every day. She was half an hour late. They arrived a few hours later. The project required long hours of work. The mood changed from hour to hour. These animals are most active in the hour just before sunrise. You can call me at any hour of the day or night.
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Recent Examples on the Web While starting pay is typically around $15 an hour, the hours are long. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Amazon’s starting wage for warehouse workers is at least $15 an hour. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2021 Walgreens will boost the starting wage for its US employees to $15 an hour, becoming the latest retailer to sweeten compensation amid a hiring crunch. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Walgreens became the latest large company to increase its starting hourly wage to all workers to $15 an hour, the drugstore giant announced Tuesday. Bruce Japsen, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Universal recently increased its starting pay for employees from $13 to $15 an hour in June, becoming the first major resort in Central Florida to do so. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Economists estimated that $15 an hour would lift more than 1 million workers out of poverty. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 31 Aug. 2021 The carrier also boosted its starting wage to $15 an hour. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2021 Many large retail chains such as Amazon, Best Buy, CVS, Target and Walmart are starting workers at $15 an hour. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of hour

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hour

Middle English, from Anglo-French ure, eure, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin hora canonical hour, from Latin, hour of the day, from Greek hōra — more at year

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“Hour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hour. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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hour

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hour

: one of the 24 equal parts of a day : 60 minutes
: the time shown on a clock or watch
: a particular time during the day

hour

noun
\ ˈau̇r How to pronounce hour (audio) \

Kids Definition of hour

1 : one of the 24 divisions of a day : 60 minutes
2 : the time of day The hour is now half past five.
3 : a fixed or particular time school hours He helped in our hour of need.
4 : the distance that can be traveled in an hour She lives three hours from here.

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