Meaning of HOUR in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈau̇(-ə)r ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French ure, eure, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin hora canonical hour, from Latin, hour of the day, from Greek hōra — more at year

Date: 13th century

1. : a time or office for daily liturgical devotion ; especially : canonical hour

2. : the 24th part of a day : 60 minutes


a. : the time of day reckoned in two 12-hour periods

b. plural : the time reckoned in one 24-hour period from midnight to midnight using a 4-digit number of which the first two digits indicate the hour and the last two digits indicate the minute

in the military 4:30 p.m. is called 1630 hour s


a. : a customary or particular time

lunch hour

in our hour of need

also : moment 1b

hero of the hour

b. plural : time of going to bed

keeps late hour s

also : time of working

banker's hour s

5. : an angular unit of right ascension equal to 15 degrees measured along the celestial equator

6. : the work done or distance traveled at normal rate in an hour

the city was two hour s away


a. : a class session

b. : credit hour , semester hour

- after hours

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.