Definition of o'clock in English:

o'clock

adverb

  • 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.’
    • ‘The plane landed at eight o'clock, which is really weird because I took off at eight.’
    • ‘By the time the timer on the stove went off, it was a little after eight o'clock.’
    • ‘It was around eight o'clock this morning when the hospital called me about him.’
    • ‘She looked excited and happy, which was unusual, seeing as it was seven o'clock in the morning.’
    • ‘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, Ana Maria let herself in and wrapped her arms around his back.’
    • ‘On Sunday morning he got up between eight and nine o'clock, and complained of not feeling well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The grandfather clock in the hall chimed the seven o'clock hour at his arrival.’
    • ‘Guards came on at ten o'clock and had eight hours to kill when nothing was happening.’
    • ‘Everyone was on the private plane and on the way to New York by eight o'clock.’
    • ‘When the alarm went off at eight o'clock much swearing occurred.’
    • ‘Every Monday night at eight o'clock, Spanish football fans make a date with England's greatest export.’
    • ‘It was eleven o'clock, the universal time that signals it's alright to call people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We arrived at the restaurant some time around eight o'clock.’
    • ‘He was handcuffed, and in due course brought to Rotherham, at which place he arrived between seven and eight o'clock at night.’
    • ‘At exactly three o'clock the door to the room burst open and the art teacher Mrs. Dunlap came in.’
    • ‘At around one o'clock, an hour after they got in, Zak was sitting alone on his towel.’
    • ‘The next morning I was shaken awake at six o'clock by a very excited Madison who had just arrived home.’
    • ‘It is almost eight o'clock, and the store is about to open its doors to the first customers of the day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The three o'clock hour approached and he was nestled under a blanket on the soft couch.’
    • ‘This was how, at eight o'clock at night, we were knocking unbidden on his door.’
    • ‘One glance at the clock on the nightstand beside the bed revealed it to be eight o'clock in the morning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Recordings started at eight o'clock and the pair would be in the Television Centre bar by quarter-past nine.’
    • ‘The kids went to bed around eight o'clock and the rest of us stayed up talking and laughing well into the evening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When Matt woke up the next morning, it was just before eight o'clock.’
    • ‘By now, it is already six o'clock, the hour you had both agreed to meet at the paper entrance.’
    • ‘She works from eight o'clock in the morning to ten o'clock at night, six days a week.’
    • ‘The sleepy senators were collected before sunrise and the ceremony finished well before eight o'clock.’
    • ‘At around eight o'clock, Odessa and Marilee still hadn't returned home, and Elizabeth heard a knock at the door.’
    • ‘She had left the bus station at seven o'clock and knew it took about six hours to get to the school.’
    • ‘By the time he woke up it was dark, upon checking his watch, Brae saw that it was already past eight o'clock.’
    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

/əˈkläk//əˈklɑk/