quarter hour

noun

Definition of quarter hour

1 :fifteen minutes
2 :any of the quarter points of an hour
3 :a unit of academic credit representing an hour of class (such as lecture class) or three hours of laboratory work each week for an academic quarter

Examples of quarter hour in a Sentence

  1. Trains depart every quarter hour.

  2. I waited a quarter hour in line.

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First Known Use of quarter hour

circa 1597


QUARTER HOUR Defined for English Language Learners

quarter hour

noun

Definition of quarter hour for English Language Learners

  • : 15 minutes : a period of time that lasts for 15 minutes


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