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 ?
She would have found it recorded there that between 4 and 6 A.
Here they arrived undiscovered, and a battle ensued, which lasted until ten o'clock, A.