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From Middle English houre, hour, oure, from Anglo-Norman houre, from Old French houre, (h)ore, from Latin hōra (hour), from Ancient Greek ὥρα (hṓra, any time or period, whether of the year, month, or day), from Proto-Indo-European *yóh₁r̥ (year, season). Akin to Old English ġēar (year). Doublet of hora and year.

Partly displaced native Old English tīd (time, hour), whence Modern English tide.



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hour (plural hours)

  1. A unit of time of one twenty-fourth of a day (sixty minutes).
    I spent an hour at lunch.
    • 1661, John Fell, The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond[1]:
      During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant []
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, →OCLC:
      It is never possible to settle down to the ordinary routine of life at sea until the screw begins to revolve. There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.
    • 2014 June 21, “Magician’s brain”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8892:
      [Isaac Newton] was obsessed with alchemy. He spent hours copying alchemical recipes and trying to replicate them in his laboratory. He believed that the Bible contained numerological codes. The truth is that Newton was very much a product of his time.
  2. A season, moment, or time.
  3. (poetic) The time.
    The hour grows late and I must go home.
  4. (military, in the plural) Used after a two-digit hour and a two-digit minute to indicate time.
    • 2000, T. C. G. James, edited by Sebastian Cox, The Battle of Britain, →ISBN:
      By 1300 hours the position was fairly clear.
  5. (Christianity, in the plural) The set times of prayer, the canonical hours, the offices or services prescribed for these, or a book containing them.
  6. (chiefly US) A distance that can be traveled in one hour.
    This place is an hour away from where I live.




  • (period of sixty minutes, a season or moment): stound (obsolete); microcentury (humorous approximation)

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  • Bislama: aua
  • Tok Pisin: aua
  • Hausa: awa



Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]



  1. Alternative form of houre

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. Alternative form of oure

Etymology 3[edit]



  1. Alternative form of your