central time

noun, often capitalized C

Definition of central time

: the time of the sixth time zone west of Greenwich that includes the central U.S. — see time zone illustration

Examples of central time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Ballotpedia, polling locations in the eastern time zone are set to close at 8 p.m., while locations in the central time zone will close at 7 p.m. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Tennessee House candidates urge residents to vote in bipartisan pitch," 3 Nov. 2020 The plane left at close to 5 p.m. central time on Tuesday, according to Tom Cartwright, a volunteer with Witness at the Border, an organization that tracks Immigration and Customs Enforcement flights. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Despite public outcry, many Cameroonians and Congolese deported on a flight," 15 Oct. 2020 The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards will air on CBS tonight, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. central time. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "The 2020 ACM Awards | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time, performers," 16 Sep. 2020 College coaches didn’t waste any time with the new recruiting opportunity here in the central time zone. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Through the eyes of a top recruit, a look at the first hours colleges could initiate contact with junior football prospects," 1 Sep. 2020 New episodes of Home Town air on Monday nights at 9 P.M. central time. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Erin and Ben Napier Tackled an Airstream Makeover on 'Home Town' and It's Absolutely Gorgeous," 2 June 2020 Most polls in Florida were set to close at 7 p.m. ET, with the western part of the state’s panhandle – which is located in the central time zone -- closing at 8 p.m. ET. Fox News, "Democracy 2020 Digest: Coronavirus scare dampens primary turnout," 18 Mar. 2020 The rules The caucuses start at 7 p.m. central time. Adam Brewster, CBS News, "Iowa caucuses offer small but potentially influential delegate prize," 3 Feb. 2020 Iowa Democrats will vote in caucuses that begin at 7 p.m. central time on Monday. Patience Haggin, WSJ, "Trump and Bloomberg Super Bowl Ads Provoke Sharp Viewer Reactions," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of central time

1883, in the meaning defined above

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10 Nov 2020

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“Central time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20time. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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