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 ?
At a quarter past ten they at last got into their carriages and started.
He glanced at the little clock upon the dresser; it was a quarter past ten. The woman had observed his entrance, although it seemed in no way to have discomposed her.
It was a quarter past ten; she would not be home for a good two hours yet, and he might as well walk over and have a look at the place.
25 September.--Come today by quarter past ten train if you can catch it.
"Gentlemen," said Morcerf, "it is only a quarter past ten, and I expect some one else."
The following week, 14th, it will be our special service of Revival and Celebration which will commence at quarter past ten (10.15am).