Pacific time


: the time of the eighth time zone west of Greenwich that includes the Pacific coastal region of the U.S. see time zone illustration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The drawing is scheduled for 7:59 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, Jan. 13. oregonlive, 13 Jan. 2023 Dispatchers received a call at 6:26 a.m. Pacific time about a crash involving pedestrians, Deputy Brenda Serna said. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2022 The Alpha rocket launched at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Jay Croft, CNN, 1 Oct. 2022 One clip purporting to display a first-person view of the gunman moving through a supermarket firing at people was posted to Twitter at 8:12 a.m. Pacific time, and was still viewable more than four hours later. Haleluya Hadero, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 May 2022 The Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee meeting was set for 5:30 a.m. Pacific time to discuss emergency authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for the age group. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2021 California Today goes live at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time weekdays. New York Times, 30 June 2021 In April, when there were no major sports being played in the U.S., fans turned to broadcasts of the Korea Baseball Organization — generally with a 2 a.m. (Pacific time) start. Bruce Jenkins,, 26 Dec. 2020 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'Pacific time.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Pacific Ocean

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pacific time was in 1880

Dictionary Entries Near Pacific time

Cite this Entry

“Pacific time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

Pacific time

: the time of the 8th time zone west of Greenwich that includes the Pacific coastal region of the U.S. see time zone illustration
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!