Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "hour" in Russian

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Meaning: hour, o'clock, time

Pronunciation: [chahs]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #147 (see frequency list)

One-hour time span is marked on the clock.
 Example sentences:
  • Кото́рый час?
  • What time is it?
  •  literal  Which hour?
  • Я ждал тебя́ два часа́.
  • I was waiting for you for two hours. (informal)
  • В росси́йских шко́лах академи́ческий час дли́тся 45 мину́т.
  • In Russian schools, a school period is 45 minutes long.
  • Мы усну́ли в час но́чи.
  • We fell asleep at one o'clock in the morning.
  •  literal  We fell asleep at [one] hour of night.
  • Андре́й бу́дет до́ма че́рез час.
  • Andrey will be home in an hour.
  • По́езд прибыва́ет в во́семь часо́в.
  • The train arrives at eight o'clock.
  • Авто́бус при́был в Москву́ в шесть часо́в утра́.
  • The bus arrived to Moscow at six o'clock in the morning.
  • Авто́бус при́был в Москву́ в шесто́м часу́ утра́.
  • The bus arrived to Moscow somewhere between five and six in the morning.
  •  literal  The bus arrived to Moscow in the sixth hour of the morning.
  • В су́тках два́дцать четы́ре часа́.
  • There are twenty-four hours in a day.
  • В кото́ром часу́?
  • At what time?
  •  literal  In which hour?

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • академический час = school period
      literal  academic hour
  • через час = in an hour
  • час расплаты = day of reckoning
      literal  hour of reckoning
  • калиф на час = king for a day
  • тихий час = quiet time
  • час-другой = for an hour or two
  • скоротать час = to divert an idle hour
  • звёздный час = hour of triumph
      literal  star hour
  • солнечные часы = sundial
  • битый час = for a solid hour, for a good hour (disapproving)
      literal  beaten hour
  • на час = for an hour
  • час пик = rush hour
  • В кото́ром часу́? = At what time?
      literal  In which hour?
  • в [ordinal number] часу́ = during one hour before [ordinal number]
  • в пя́том часу́ = between 4 and 5; before five; after four
      literal  in fifth hour
 Related words:
  • часы = watch, clock
  • часок = an hour (diminutive)
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Век долог, да час короток.
  • Life is long, the hour is short.
  • Из минут час складывается.
  • Minutes make hours.
  • Делу время, потехе час.
  • There's a time for work and a time for play.
  •  literal  Time for business, an hour for fun.
  • Час от часу не легче!
  • One bad thing on the top of another.
  • Час победы близок.
  • Victory is in sight.
  • В час по чайной ложке.
  • At a snail's pace.
  •  literal  One teaspoonful per hour.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Genitiveча́са (ча́су)часо́в
Prepositionalо ча́сео часа́х
Locativeв часу́
Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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