Definition of cheer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪr//
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  1. 1[countable] a shout of joy, support or praise A great cheer went up from the crowd. cheers of encouragement Three cheers for the winners! (= used when you are asking a group of people to cheer three times, in order to congratulate somebody, etc.) opposite boo
  2. 2[countable] (North American English) a special song or poem used by cheerleaders
  3. 3[uncountable] (formal or literary) an atmosphere of happiness
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French chiere ‘face’, from late Latin cara, from Greek kara ‘head’. The original sense was ‘face’, hence ‘expression, mood’, later specifically ‘a good mood’.Extra examples He accepted the prize amid cheers. She got a loud cheer when she finished speaking. She went off the stage to loud cheers. The players were greeted by rousing cheers. There were loud cheers from the crowd. They gave a big cheer when I finally arrived. Three cheers for Mr Jones! a cheer for democracy cheers of welcome Three cheers for the winners!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cheer