Definition of hurrah in US English:


(also hurray)


  • Used to express joy or approval.

    ‘Hurrah! She's here at last!’
    • ‘It's hoped that this will be an annual event - 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!’
    • ‘Holiday plans to Spain were also discussed - hurrah!’
    • ‘And Vince is slowly but surely recovering - hurray!’


  • An utterance of the word “hurrah.”.

    • ‘A huge explosion of hoorays came from the inter-com.’
    • ‘But when you are woken up by jugglers throwing batons and chainsaws, and all the hurrahs, that gets a little annoying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Actually, the Italian Prime Minister deserves a double chorus of hurrahs!’
    • ‘There were roars, applause, hurrahs, horn-blowing and whistling when he finally got there.’
    hurrah, hurray, whoop, bravo, hoot, shout, shriek
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[no object]
  • Shout “hurrah.”.

    • ‘Bridget hurrahed, and they ran home to our raised-ranch with raised-hopes!’
    • ‘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.’
    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 huzzah; perhaps originally a sailors' cry when hauling.