Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) – Glossary Definition

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Want the definition of Coordinated Universal Time? Learn the meaning of UTC, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

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What is Coordinated Universal Time?

Coordinated Universal Time is the primary standard for keeping track of time throughout the world. It is centered on the United Kingdom, and time zones to its east and west are offset in hours up or down.

Coordinated Universal Time is abbreviated as UTC due to the French term for it, universel temps coordonné.

More on UTC

For more, learn also about Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is used as a synonym for UTC by many, but is quite different. Coordinated Universal Time, is a time standard, while Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is a time zone.

UTC is also far more accurate than GMT simply for the way it calculates 1 second.

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