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 Large corporations are moving their headquarters here to take advantage of the central time zone, lower costs of doing business and the lure of the Texas lifestyle. Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2021 The game will be played as scheduled, at 3:25 p.m. central time and be aired on Fox. Richard Ryman, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 Coverage of the verdict, which will be read in open court and broadcast all over the world, will occur between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. local time (central time), or starting at around 1:30 p.m. oregonlive, 20 Apr. 2021 That discrepancy can likely be explained by delays in reporting - the CDC last updated its data at 5 a.m. central time on Friday, while ADPH typically updates its numbers later in the day. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 23 Jan. 2021 For the time zone-math-averse, the U.K. is eight hours ahead of the West coast, five ahead of the East coast, and six ahead of central time. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 16 Apr. 2021 Households that have not yet responded still have time - the online portal will remain open until 4:59 a.m. central time on Friday. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 15 Oct. 2020 The Upper Peninsula branch offices in Bessemer, Iron River, Iron Mountain and Menominee will shift their hours to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. central time to match the operating hours of branch offices in the eastern time zone, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2021 After being sworn in around 11:30 central time by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Harris became not only the first female vice president in U.S. history but also the first Black person and the first person of Asian descent to hold the office. Arnessa Garrett, Dallas News, 20 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of central time

1883, in the meaning defined above

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30 Oct 2021

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“Central time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20time. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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