Definition of o'clock in English:

o'clock

adverb

  • 1Used to specify the hour when telling the time:

    ‘the gates will open at eight o'clock’
    • ‘Every Monday night at eight o'clock, Spanish football fans make a date with England's greatest export.’
    • ‘He was handcuffed, and in due course brought to Rotherham, at which place he arrived between seven and eight o'clock at night.’
    • ‘When Matt woke up the next morning, it was just before eight o'clock.’
    • ‘We arrived at the restaurant some time around eight o'clock.’
    • ‘So, it was back up to the surgery this morning, at the ungodly hour of nine o'clock.’
    • ‘I managed to get to sleep about eight o'clock this morning, woke at eleven-thirty, and still didn't know what day it was.’
    • ‘At around eight o'clock, Odessa and Marilee still hadn't returned home, and Elizabeth heard a knock at the door.’
    • ‘Guards came on at ten o'clock and had eight hours to kill when nothing was happening.’
    • ‘It is almost eight o'clock, and the store is about to open its doors to the first customers of the day.’
    • ‘When the alarm went off at eight o'clock much swearing occurred.’
    • ‘Recordings started at eight o'clock and the pair would be in the Television Centre bar by quarter-past nine.’
    • ‘The recording took just about an hour and will be broadcast on July 29th at one o'clock.’
    • ‘It's now five o'clock, only an hour to go before his book launch.’
    • ‘On Sunday morning he got up between eight and nine o'clock, and complained of not feeling well.’
    • ‘The sleepy senators were collected before sunrise and the ceremony finished well before eight o'clock.’
    • ‘We sat drinking our Mojitos in a new bar in Soho, which had appealed to us thanks to its promise of a two-for-one happy hour until ten o'clock.’
    • ‘At eight o'clock in the morning 20 families were pulled out of their beds.’
    • ‘On Monday morning, they started out for the motorway at the unusually early hour of ten o'clock.’
    • ‘We swim every day for an hour at 8 o'clock in the morning and I have to confess to not being the best swimmer in the world.’
    • ‘At eight o'clock each morning, either himself or one of his team checks the salmon cages on Loch Ness and begins feeding the fish.’
    1. 1.1 Used following a numeral to indicate direction or bearing with reference to an imaginary clock face, 12 o'clock being thought of as directly in front or overhead:
      ‘“I think we've got some action at 11 o'clock,” he said, gesturing toward the eastern plains’
      • ‘Next, the tip of your right shoe should finish on the floor at eight o'clock.’
      • ‘The little gun proved pretty well regulated, shooting just to the left of my six o'clock hold.’
      • ‘The shot is there, but it has to hit his front rock at 11 o'clock, exactly, to hit this back rock.’

Pronunciation:

o'clock

/əˈklɒk/