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[huh-rah, -raw] /həˈrɑ, -ˈrɔ/
(used as an exclamation of joy, exultation, appreciation, encouragement, or the like.)
verb (used without object)
to shout “hurrah.”.
an exclamation of “hurrah.”.
hubbub; commotion; fanfare.
a colorful or tumultuous event; spectacle or celebration:
We celebrated the centennial with a three-day hurrah.
last / final hurrah, a final moment or occasion of glory or achievement:
The new play will be her last hurrah as an actress before she retires.
Also, hurray
[huh-rey] /həˈreɪ/ (Show IPA),
hooray, hoorah.
Origin of hurrah
1680-90; < German hurra Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hurrah
  • Almost the grand stand and the crowd of thousands are one pair of legs and one voice standing up and yelling hurrah.
  • Informative certainly but it is an hurrah book rather than a work of science.
  • Perhaps the animal believes that a move will give him the chance for a brief last hurrah in some other troop.
  • Far from being the return of the big bonuses, this could be their last hurrah.
  • Let's have one last hurrah for summer and head to a seafood shack.
  • We've come by the tens of thousands for what some consider a last hurrah.
  • If you can afford it, give the summer weather one last hurrah by flying to the nearest beach.
British Dictionary definitions for hurrah


interjection, noun
a cheer of joy, victory, etc
to shout "hurrah"
Word Origin
C17: probably from German hurra; compare huzzah
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Word Origin and History for hurrah

1680s, alteration of huzza, similar to shouts recorded in German, Danish, Swedish. Perhaps picked up during Thirty Years' War. Hurra was said to be the battle-cry of Prussian soldiers during the War of Liberation (1812-13). Hooray is its popular form and is almost as old. Also hurray (1780); hurroo (1824); hoorah (1798).

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