prime time

noun

Definition of prime time

1 : the time period when the television or radio audience is the largest also : television shows shown in prime time
2 : the choicest or busiest time
3 : big time sense 2 a pitcher not yet ready for prime time

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Other Words from prime time

prime-time \ ˈprīm-​ˌtīm How to pronounce prime time (audio) \ adjective

Examples of prime time in a Sentence

The program is being shown during prime time. He's the best actor in prime time.
Recent Examples on the Web Outside linebacker Tyus Bowser is better in coverage than rushing the passer and rookie Odafe Oweh is a project who won’t be ready for prime time for at least a year. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 5 June 2021 Jeremy Lauzon finally made his way back for Game 1 against the Caps, but Jakub Zboril remains not ready for prime time. BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2021 As more than 1,500 Hamas rockets were flying toward Israeli cities with the express purpose of murdering civilians, CNN could spare only around four minutes — in total — to cover the topic during the an entire week of prime time. David Harsanyi, National Review, 17 May 2021 The Detroit Lions won't be shut out of prime time after their disappointing 2020 season. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 2021 Ronald Reagan also favored the big audiences and cachet of prime time, using the glamorous East Room as the backdrop just as Nixon did. Tim Darnell, ajc, 24 Mar. 2021 Fox News Channel was the most popular cable network with a 2.04 million average in prime time. David Bauder, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 Could the superhero population in prime time actually be declining? Tribune News Service, cleveland, 23 May 2021 Oregon was 2-0 in games on FOX last season, though both were in prime time. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of prime time

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jun 2021

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“Prime time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prime%20time. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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prime time

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prime time

: the time in the evening when the largest number of people are watching television
: the television shows that are on during prime time
chiefly US, informal : the highest or most difficult level of use

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