central time


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The game will tip-off at 6 p.m. central time on CBS. Dallas News, 20 Mar. 2022 San Miguel de Allende is in the central time zone. Kylie Madry, Travel + Leisure, 7 Jan. 2022 Similar to the 2022 event, Billy Porter will host a portion of the New Year's Eve party from New Orleans to ring 2023 in central time. Brianne Tracy, Peoplemag, 26 Dec. 2022 Yo-Yo Ma and the Louisville Orchestra will perform at Rafinesque Hall inside Mammoth Cave at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. central time on Saturday, April 29. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 19 Jan. 2023 Usually, a Tuesday night last week of December bowl game at 9:15 central time would not exactly qualify as must-see TV for even the most passionate Wisconsin football fans. Emmett Prosser, Journal Sentinel, 26 Dec. 2022 Tony-winner Billy Porter will return as the co-host for the central time zone countdown in New Orleans, with D-Nice back to co-host the Los Angeles portion of the show. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2022 During standard time, people in the central time zone are perfectly aligned with the sun’s clock, whereas daylight saving pushes the U.S. further from solar time. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 31 Oct. 2022 Ben is a brilliant physicist with a high IQ, but in a world of flying superheroes and physically impressive action heroes, there's a relatable aspect to Quantum Leap's central time traveler. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 19 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of central time was in 1883

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“Central time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20time. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

central time

often capitalized C
: the time of the 6th time zone west of Greenwich that includes the central U.S.
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