What Does GMT Mean in a Text?

GMT means "Greenwich Mean Time."

The abbreviation GMT stands for "Greenwich Mean Time." It's the mean solar time at the Royal Observatory located in Greenwich, London, England, counted from midnight.

Traditionally, GMT was the international civil time standard, and it was used for astronomical and navigational purposes. However, it was replaced by Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in 1972. While GMT and UTC often provide nearly the same time, UTC is more precise and includes leap seconds.

Despite GMT no longer being the international civil time standard, it's still widely used in the UK outside of the summer months, as well as in other contexts. For example, it's common to see time zones expressed as offsets from GMT, like GMT+1 or GMT-3.

In the UK, GMT is typically used during the winter, and British Summer Time (BST), which is GMT+1, is used during the summer.

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When I write GMT, I mean this:

meaning of GMT

GMT is the mean solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

Summary of Key Points

"Greenwich Mean Time" is the most common definition for GMT on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Greenwich Mean Time
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
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An Academic Look at GMT

GMT is classified as an initialism. Initialisms are abbreviations pronounced one letter at a time.

Other examples of initialisms are:
  • FBI - "Federal Bureau of Investigation."
  • CEO - "Chief Executive Officer."
Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are abbreviations spoken as words. For example:
  • GOAT - "Greatest Of All Time."
  • NATO - "North Atlantic Treaty Organization."

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