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
References in classic literature ?
Duchess read the letter and wrote an answer:--"I will come with much pleasure at a quarter past four.
At a quarter past four to the minute, there came a most genteel little tap-tappity.
He saw that it was the hour agreed upon: the great court clock pointed to a quarter past four.