Definition of Central time in US English:

Central time


  • The standard time in a zone that includes the central states of the US and parts of central Canada.

    ('Central Daylight Time''CDT') Central time during daylight saving, five hours behind GMT

    ('Central Standard Time''CST') standard time based on the mean solar time at longitude 90° W, six hours behind GMT

    • ‘Here's the description of tonight's program which starts at 9 PM Central time.’
    • ‘Tune in to our Northern Alliance show from 12 to 3 today, Central time.’
    • ‘The toll free line is available Monday through Friday from 9: 00-6: 00 pm Central Standard Time.’
    • ‘Barnett offered an on-the-spot Election Day legal opinion about what to do when poll workers inadvertently opened the polls at 7 a.m. Central time, an hour too early according to the law.’
    • ‘Atlantis' astronauts were awakened shortly after 4 a.m. Central time today to begin their ninth day in space.’
    • ‘Since it is due into Chicago at 10: 26 AM Central time, this was exactly the time we should have already been in Chicago Union Station.’
    • ‘We got word just a little while ago that the judges will announce a verdict here tomorrow morning, 11: 00 a.m. Central time.’
    • ‘I am almost exactly straight north of Fairwater, which is Central Standard Time.’
    • ‘All times expressed from here to this point in our return trip will be in Central Daylight Time (although in this part of Indiana, it's actually Eastern Standard Time).’
    • ‘The Northern Alliance Radio Network will then be available world-wide on Saturday afternoons, 12-3 p.m., Central time.’
    • ‘They're going to have a debate at 10: 00 a.m. Central time, 11: 00 a.m. on the East Coast, tomorrow morning.’
    • ‘Since I'm writing this in the early evening, Central time, of June 30, I can state with some confidence that there has been no ‘darkening of the skies,’ or even one impact, much less three.’
    • ‘A small part of Oregon is on Mountain time, and the Florida panhandle is on Central time, just one hour off.’
    • ‘At 2: 12 p.m. Central time, the Packers' last selection of the draft, in the sixth round, is announced.’
    • ‘Since my body was still operating on Eastern Standard time, even though I was in the Central time zone, I told her to go ahead and ready the room for nighttime.’
    • ‘This is similar to much of Texas, which should (by longitude) be mostly in the Mountain time zone instead of the Central time zone.’
    • ‘Indiana, which dubs itself the ‘crossroads of America,’ is surrounded by four states that are divided between the Eastern and Central time zones.’
    • ‘On December 3, 2002, at 8: 37 AM Central time there was another remarkable event when a strobing object came into view.’
    • ‘He also said we should turn our watches back one hour, as we would be entering Central Daylight Time when we left this station.’
    • ‘To them, this time of year is a nightmare: After 2 a.m. Sunday, 77 counties will be on Eastern Standard Time, 5 counties will be on Eastern Daylight Time and 10 counties will be on Central Daylight Time.’


Central time

/ˈsɛntrəl taɪm/