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  • IPA(key): /dʁaɪ̯ˈfiːɐ̯tl̩/



  1. (East Germany, Bavaria, Austria) quarter to, a quarter-hour before, 15 minutes before (used with the number of the following hour)
    Wir treffen uns um dreiviertel zwei.
    We’re meeting at quarter to two.

Usage notes[edit]

Unlike the construction halb zwei (half past one, one-thirty), constructions like viertel zwei and dreiviertel zwei are restricted to the eastern parts of the German-speaking area, and may not be understood elsewhere. In the remaining parts of the German-speaking area, the usual constructions are Viertel nach eins (quarter past one) and Viertel vor zwei (quarter to two).

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