prime time

noun
Updated on: 19 May 2018

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 2
  • a pitcher not yet ready for prime time

prime-time

play \ˈprīm-ˌtīm\ adjective

Examples of prime time in a Sentence

  1. The program is being shown during prime time.

  2. He's the best actor in prime time.

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First Known Use of prime time

1947

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PRIME TIME Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of prime time for English Language Learners

  • : the time in the evening when the largest number of people are watching television

  • : the television shows that are on during prime time

  • : the highest or most difficult level of use



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