Definition of hurrah in English:


(also hurray)


  • Used to express joy or approval.

    ‘Hurrah! She's here at last!’
    • ‘And Vince is slowly but surely recovering - hurray!’
    • ‘Holiday plans to Spain were also discussed - hurrah!’
    • ‘They had disappeared when I went to bed last night, and I was like, hurrah!’
    • ‘This means I can afford to buy the jeans I have been lusting after, hurrah!’
    • ‘It's hoped that this will be an annual event - hurrah!’


  • An utterance of the word ‘hurrah’

    ‘they gave us a loud hurrah as we went by’
    • ‘Actually, the Italian Prime Minister deserves a double chorus of hurrahs!’
    • ‘Everyone ought to lead a parade once in their life, just to experience the curious sensation of marching down the middle of the street to cheers and hurrahs.’
    • ‘A huge explosion of hoorays came from the inter-com.’
    • ‘There were roars, applause, hurrahs, horn-blowing and whistling when he finally got there.’
    • ‘But when you are woken up by jugglers throwing batons and chainsaws, and all the hurrahs, that gets a little annoying.’
    hurrah, hurray, whoop, bravo, hoot, shout, shriek
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[no object]
  • Shout ‘hurrah’

    ‘we waved our swords and hurrahed’
    • ‘The young men, fired by the strong wine, shouted and hurrahed, and shrieked, and such a din arose as threatened to drown the music.’
    • ‘The whole auditorium echoed with the shouts, whistles, and clapping of the group of kids, it was certainly intoxicating to be there; one couldn't help but break out clapping, and hurrahing themselves.’
    • ‘Bridget hurrahed, and they ran home to our raised-ranch with raised-hopes!’
    acclaim, praise, applaud, commend, rave about, extol, eulogize, vaunt, hymn, lionize, express approval of, express admiration for, pay tribute to, speak highly of, sing the praises of, make much of
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Late 17th century: alteration of huzza; perhaps originally a sailors' cry when hauling.