[ adjective pahrt-tahym; adverb pahrt-tahym ]
/ adjective ˈpɑrtˌtaɪm; adverb ˈpɑrtˈtaɪm /


employed to work, used, expected to function, etc., less than the usual or full time: a part-time clerk.
lasting, requiring, or being in force only a part of the time: part-time employment; part-time jobs.


on a part-time basis: to work part-time.
Compare full-time.

Origin of part-time

First recorded in 1890–95; adj., adv. use of part time

Definition for part-time (2 of 2)

part time


a period of time that is less than the usual or full time.
Compare full time.

Origin of part time

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for part-time

British Dictionary definitions for part-time



for less than the entire time appropriate to an activitya part-time job; a part-time waitress

adverb part time

on a part-time basishe works part time
Compare full-time

Derived forms of part-time

part-timer, noun
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