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hur·​rah hu̇-ˈrȯ How to pronounce hurrah (audio)
variants or less commonly hooray or hoorah
hu̇-ˈrä How to pronounce hurrah (audio)

hurrah, hurray

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hur·​rah hu̇-ˈrȯ How to pronounce hurrah (audio)

less common variants of hooray

used to express joy, approval, or encouragement
Hip, hip, hooray!
Hooray! I got the job!

Examples of hurrah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Ending an era in U.S. rocketry, United Launch Alliance fired off its 16th and final triple-core Delta 4 Heavy Tuesday, launching a classified spy satellite in the last hurrah of a storied family of rockets dating back to the dawn of the space age. William Harwood, CBS News, 9 Apr. 2024 The Cardinal has accomplished that feat 12 times in the tournament’s 22-year history and is a slim favorite to do so again this week in the Pac-12’s final collective hurrah. Jeff Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 5 Mar. 2024 When a favorite artist announces new tour dates, Vinson starts rallying friends and snapping up tickets, flights and hotel rooms for their next hurrah. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 This year will be the last hurrah for MIPTV in Cannes. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Mar. 2024 After that, their plan was to head north, to the Great Barrier Reef, for a final, tropical hurrah, then return to Basel in time to start university. Fiona McFarlane, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024 Polachek’s Brits 2024 look is the final hurrah in this era of volatile, directional style that has also leaned heavily on Acne and Mugler, before crescendoing with a vintage Olivier Theyskens look with blood vessels snaking down it at the Grammys. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 2 Mar. 2024 The Los Angeles institution will bow out of the city’s nightlife scene after 25 years with one more final hurrah on March 27. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024 Though no one knew it at the time, Rote’s performance would stand as the pinnacle of his seventeen-year career, much as this day would stand as the last hurrah for the Detroit Lions, who were about to embark on six and half decades of unrelenting futility. Bill Morris, Detroit Free Press, 28 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of hurrah was in 1686

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Cite this Entry

“Hurrah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hurrah, hurray

variant of hooray

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