Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hail”

See all translations

hail

noun [U]  /heɪl/ us  

hail noun [U] (ICE)

small, hard balls of ice that fall from the sky like rain A hail of things is a lot of them directed toward someone: After his speech he faced a hail of questions from reporters.

hail

verb  /heɪl/ us  

hail verb (CALL)

[T] to call and attract the attention of someone: You wait here with our bags while I hail a taxi.

hail verb (PRAISE)

[T] to publicly praise or show approval for a person or an achievement: Heppner has been hailed as one of the finest tenors in the operatic world today.

hail verb (FALL AS ICE)

[I] If it hails, small, hard balls of ice fall from the sky: It hailed for a few minutes this morning.
Phrasal verbs
Translations of “hail”
in Korean 싸락눈, 우박…
in Arabic بَرَد…
in French grêle, pluie…
in Turkish (hava durumu) dolu halinde yağmak…
in Italian grandine…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雹,冰雹…
in Russian град…
in Polish grad…
in Spanish granizo, lluvia…
in Portuguese granizo, chuva de pedra…
in German der Hagel…
in Catalan calamarsa, pedra…
in Japanese ひょう, あられ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 雹,冰雹…
(Definition of hail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hail?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hail” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

christmassy

typical of Christmas, or happy because it is Christmas

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More