Definition of hail verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


1 [transitive, usually passive] to describe someone or something as being very good or special, especially in newspapers, etc. hail someone/something as somethingThe conference was hailed as a great success. hail someone/something + nounTeenager Matt Brown is being hailed a hero for saving a young child from drowning.2 [transitive] hail something to signal to a taxi or a bus, in order to get the driver to stopto hail a taxi/cab3 [transitive] hail someone (literary) to call to someone in order to say hello to them or attract their attentionA voice hailed us from the other side of the street.We soon came within hailing distance of (= fairly close to) the others.4 [intransitive] when it hails, small balls of ice fall like rain from the skyIt's hailing!PHRASAL VERB

hail from…

(formal) to come from or have been born in a particular placeHis father hailed from Italy.hail from