hour Definition

a period of time equal to a twenty-fourth part of a day and night and divided into 60 minutes..

Using hour: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hour" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'll be there in an hour.

  • Example

    The meeting will last for two hours.

  • Example

    She works eight hours a day.

  • Example

    The store is open 24 hours.

hour Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for hour

Idioms Using hour

  • exactly at the stated time


    The train leaves on the hour, so don't be late.

  • the time of night, usually midnight, when supernatural events are said to occur


    I always feel uneasy during the witching hour.

  • in the small hours

    in the early hours of the morning, usually between midnight and dawn


    He woke up in the small hours of the morning and couldn't go back to sleep.

Phrases with hour

  • the time of day when traffic is at its heaviest


    I avoid driving during rush hour because it's too stressful.

  • a period of time, usually in the late afternoon or early evening, when drinks are served at reduced prices in bars and restaurants


    Let's meet for happy hour after work.

  • after hours

    after the usual working hours


    The employees stayed after hours to finish the project.

Origins of hour

from Old English 'hōr', from Proto-Germanic '*hōrōn'


Summary: hour in Brief

An 'hour' [aʊər] is a unit of time that is equal to one twenty-fourth of a day and is divided into 60 minutes. It is commonly used to measure time, such as 'She works eight hours a day.' 'Hour' has idiomatic expressions like 'on the hour,' meaning exactly at the stated time, and 'witching hour,' referring to the time of night when supernatural events are said to occur.

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