[tahym-tey-buh l]


a schedule showing the times at which railroad trains, airplanes, etc., arrive and depart.
any schedule or plan designating the times at or within which certain things occur or are scheduled to occur: a timetable of coming musical events; a timetable of space research.
  1. a university or college catalog listing all classes taught during a school semester, along with the time that each class is held, the instructor's name, etc.
  2. a student's class schedule or course of study during a school semester.

Origin of timetable

First recorded in 1830–40; time + table
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Related Words for timetable

calendar, program, plan, agenda, itinerary, list, chart, record, docket, chronology

Examples from the Web for timetable

Contemporary Examples of timetable

Historical Examples of timetable

  • A timetable is worked out by the group, not imposed upon it.

  • This, in small apologetic type like a footnote on a timetable.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • Munich,” he murmurs, tracing its course through the timetable, “depart 2.15.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • In a rash moment I ventured to concentrate my whole attention on the timetable.


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • She was within nine hours—so the timetable said—of St. Louis!

British Dictionary definitions for timetable



a list or table of events arranged according to the time when they take place; schedule


(tr) to include in or arrange according to a timetable
(intr) to draw up a timetable
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Word Origin and History for timetable

1838, originally of railway trains, from time (n.) + table (n.).

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