eastern time

noun, often capitalized E

Definition of eastern time

: the time of the fifth time zone west of Greenwich that includes the eastern U.S. — see time zone illustration

Examples of eastern time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cable channels Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC combined for 31.1 million viewers in primetime US eastern time (8-11pm) on Nov. 3, matching their total from 2016. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Cable news dominated election night TV ratings, thanks to older viewers," 5 Nov. 2020 The winter solstice always occurs when the sun is right smack dab on top of the Tropic of Capricorn, which is 5:02 a.m. eastern time on December 21. Katie Peek, Popular Science, "What is a solstice? And other questions about the shortest day of the year, answered," 21 Dec. 2020 The first town to open up its polls, Dixville Notch in New Hampshire, did so at midnight, eastern time. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Watch ballots being counted live around the US," 3 Nov. 2020 The emergency directive late Sunday also asked for an assessment from these agencies by noon eastern time on Monday. Michael Riley, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Government Agencies Hit by Suspected Russian Hackers," 14 Dec. 2020 The New London Fire Marshal’s Office and the New London Police Department’s Investigative Services Division are investigating the case and had not released any additional information as of noon eastern time Tuesday. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Questions swirl as Zappos founder Tony Hsieh's death investigation moves ahead," 2 Dec. 2020 The chart below shows Joe Biden’s vote share in each of the roughly 2,200 counties in which all precincts have reported and where there are more votes in 2020 than there were in 2016 as of 3pm US eastern time on Nov. 5. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "The rural-urban divide is still the big story of American politics," 6 Nov. 2020 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 These sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., eastern time. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of eastern time

1878, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“Eastern time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eastern%20time. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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