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American English: /əˈklɑk/
British English: /əˈklɒk/


  • (telling time) See examples: it's four o'clock
    son las cuatro
    it's one o'clock at two o'clock in the afternoon/morning
    a las dos de la tarde/mañana or madrugada
    it's twelve o'clock exactly
    son las doce en punto
    it's just after one o'clock
    acaba de dar la una
    the five o'clock train
    el tren de las cinco
    Example sentences
    • Guards came on at ten o'clock and had eight hours to kill when nothing was happening.
    • 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.
    • It's now five o'clock, only an hour to go before his book launch.

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