quarter past (a given hour in time)

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quarter past (a given hour in time)

A quarter of an hour (15 minutes) after the named hour in time. A: "What time does the movie start?" B: "Not until a quarter past eight, so we've got plenty of time! I thought I'd be home already, but with this traffic, it'll be quarter past before I'm back.
See also: given, hour, past, quarter
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Literature; large print, respectfully descriptive of getting up at eight, shaving close at a quarter past, breakfasting at nine, going to the City at ten, coming home at half-past five, and dining at seven.
Duchess read the letter and wrote an answer:--"I will come with much pleasure at a quarter past four.
At a quarter past ten they at last got into their carriages and started.
At a quarter past one the door opened, and the two gentlemen came out; they got into the cab without a word, and told Jerry where to drive, that was nearly two miles.
It was a quarter past seven when he left the hotel.
This jet of fire had become invisible about a quarter past twelve.
He glanced at the little clock upon the dresser; it was a quarter past ten.
He saw that it was the hour agreed upon: the great court clock pointed to a quarter past four.
The time was a quarter past eleven o'clock when I entered the Casino in such a state of hope (though, at the same time, of agitation) as I had never before experienced.
Their bundles and baskets were gathered up, and half an hour later, when the clock-chime sounded a quarter past eleven, they were straggling along the lane which led up the hill towards their homes.
At a quarter past nine, precisely, to commence work for her employer; at one, she had a remission of half an hour; and at six, she became her own mistress.
Philip had agreed to wait outside from a quarter past seven onwards.
It was a quarter past twelve when Lady Lundie rose blandly from the whist-table, and said that she supposed somebody must set the example of going to bed.
At a quarter past six the professor and his daughter had resumed their work.
It is only a quarter past four" showing his watch -- "and you are not now in Bath.