a short working day, especially one that extends from 9 or 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the hours during which banks were traditionally open to the public.
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Why Did “Noon” Used To Mean 3:00? To most, the word noon signifies a specific time of day–namely, 12:00 midday, a.k.a. “lunchtime.” The counterweight to 12:00 midnight. But, surprisingly, the term noon wasn’t always shorthand for midday at 12:00; in fact, it used to refer to a different time of day altogether. First, some essential background. Clocks and watches are relatively new inventions. Though some timekeeping devices, like sundials and water clocks, …
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