Definition of hora in English:


(also horah)


  • A Romanian or Israeli dance in which the performers form a ring.

    • ‘The national dance is the hora, a circle dance performed at festive occasions.’
    • ‘One of the most common and generalized folk dances is the hora (circle dance), danced by men and women holding hands.’
    • ‘The two began to dance a hora in the street, moving to one side, then the other.’
    • ‘Festivities lasted an hour and a half, during which tourists picked roses and joined in the traditional hora dance with costumed Bulgarians of all ages.’
    • ‘It's like doing the hora with Mormons, but without any sense of danger.’


Late 19th century from Romanian horă, Hebrew hōrāh.