What does CST stand for?

Central Standard Time

When you hear the term ‘CST’, it’s actually a shorthand way of referring to a specific time zone. This time zone comes into play during the fall and winter months, right after Daylight Saving Time (DST) has ended and we’ve turned our clocks back one hour.

‘CST’ isn’t just limited to one place; it covers certain parts of the United States, Canada, and Central America. If you’re familiar with Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Mountain Standard Time (MST), CST is positioned right between these two. It’s one hour behind EST and one hour ahead of MST.

So, if someone mentions ‘CST’, now you’ll know that they’re talking about a time zone that’s in effect during the colder months of the year, and that it covers a significant geographical area. It’s always handy to know your time zones, especially when scheduling calls or meetings with people in different parts of the world.

Example for using ‘CST’ in a conversation

Hey! Are you free for a call at 3 pm? 📞

Sure, what time zone are you in? ⏰

I’m in CST. It’s Central Standard Time. ⏱️

Ah, got it! So, that means you’re an hour behind me. I’m in EST. ⏲️