time zone


Definition of time zone

: a geographic region within which the same standard time is used

Illustration of time zone

Illustration of time zone

time zones in the conterminous United States: A Pacific time, B mountain time, C central time, D eastern time

Examples of time zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Exposure to daylight in a new time zone can help reset your circadian rhythm. Rachel King, Fortune, "Tried and true tricks for getting over jet lag," 27 Dec. 2020 Check your local listings to find out how early each show airs in your time zone. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "The New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Will Be Virtual This Year," 17 Dec. 2020 To celebrate the states that make up our democracy, Prairie Moon will offer dinner for two, featuring dishes from every time zone. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Stress eat your way through Election Day with 10 restaurant specials and comfort food picks," 31 Oct. 2020 Rundgren and a new, expanded, 10-piece backing band will stage each concert in the same Chicago venue (a location chosen for its time zone to allow for an 8 p.m. showtime in each market). Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "Todd Rundgren 'playing' Phoenix on a virtual 'Clearly Human' tour. What you need to know," 4 Dec. 2020 Poll hours in Nebraska vary depending on the time zone with all polls opening and closing concurrently at 9 p.m. EST. USA TODAY, "Nebraska Election Results 2020: Live Updates," 3 Nov. 2020 The last time a full moon visible in every time zone fell on Halloween was in 1944. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Halloween full moon 2020: Rare blue moon first Oct. 31 full moon in 76 years," 30 Oct. 2020 Four trips to the Eastern time zone in their first eight games is brutal. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: Rams more than half bad, and Chargers can’t finish," 6 Nov. 2020 Your relative might live in a time zone that overlaps with a mealtime. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Woman wonders if in-laws’ ‘mean dog’ is racist," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of time zone

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of time zone was in 1892

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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Time zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20zone. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of time zone

: any one of the world's 24 divisions that has its own time

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Kids Definition of time zone

: a geographic region within which the same standard time is used

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