hoo·​ray | \ hu̇-ˈrā How to pronounce hooray (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ hu̇-​ˈrȯ How to pronounce hurrah (audio) , -​ˈrä \ or hurray \ hu̇-​ˈrā How to pronounce hurray (audio) \

Definition of hooray

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

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Examples of hooray in a Sentence

Hooray!” he cried when he heard that his team had won

First Known Use of hooray

1686, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hooray

perhaps from German hurra

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The first known use of hooray was in 1686

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“Hooray.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hurray. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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hoo·​ray | \ hu̇-ˈrā How to pronounce hooray (audio) \
variants: also hurrah \ hu̇-​ˈrȯ , -​ˈrä \ or hurray \ -​ˈrā \

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used to express joy, approval, or encouragement

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