Definition of o'clock in English:



  • 1Used to specify the hour in telling time.

    ‘the gates will open at eight o'clock’
    • ‘Just as it neared the eight o'clock hour, the party was really just livening up.’
    • ‘It was eleven o'clock, the universal time that signals it's alright to call people.’
    • ‘Everyone was on the private plane and on the way to New York by eight o'clock.’
    • ‘The kids went to bed around eight o'clock and the rest of us stayed up talking and laughing well into the evening.’
    • ‘The plane landed at eight o'clock, which is really weird because I took off at eight.’
    • ‘The grandfather clock in the hall chimed the seven o'clock hour at his arrival.’
    • ‘This was how, at eight o'clock at night, we were knocking unbidden on his door.’
    • ‘It was around eight o'clock this morning when the hospital called me about him.’
    • ‘The three o'clock hour approached and he was nestled under a blanket on the soft couch.’
    • ‘At exactly three o'clock the door to the room burst open and the art teacher Mrs. Dunlap came in.’
    • ‘By the time he woke up it was dark, upon checking his watch, Brae saw that it was already past eight o'clock.’
    • ‘She looked excited and happy, which was unusual, seeing as it was seven o'clock in the morning.’
    • ‘One glance at the clock on the nightstand beside the bed revealed it to be eight o'clock in the morning.’
    • ‘She had left the bus station at seven o'clock and knew it took about six hours to get to the school.’
    • ‘By now, it is already six o'clock, the hour you had both agreed to meet at the paper entrance.’
    • ‘The next morning I was shaken awake at six o'clock by a very excited Madison who had just arrived home.’
    • ‘At eight o'clock, Ana Maria let herself in and wrapped her arms around his back.’
    • ‘At around one o'clock, an hour after they got in, Zak was sitting alone on his towel.’
    • ‘She works from eight o'clock in the morning to ten o'clock at night, six days a week.’
    • ‘By the time the timer on the stove went off, it was a little after eight o'clock.’
    1. 1.1Used 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 shot is there, but it has to hit his front rock at 11 o'clock, exactly, to hit this back rock.’
      • ‘The little gun proved pretty well regulated, shooting just to the left of my six o'clock hold.’