Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "time" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: time, season, age, times, tense

Pronunciation: [VRYEH-myah]

Part of speech: noun

Rank: #56 (see frequency list)

Wooden hourglass symbolizing time.
Photo by S Sepp, licensed under CC-SA3.0
 Example sentences:
  • Ско́лько вре́мени?
  • What is the time?
  •  literal  How much time?
  • Моско́вское вре́мя 7 часо́в 20 мину́т утра́.
  • Moscow time is 20 minutes past 7 AM.
  • Мой дру́г мно́го вре́мени прово́дит на рабо́те.
  • My friend spends a lot of time at work.
  • У меня́ бу́дет вре́мя на выходны́х.
  • I'll have time this weekend.
  • Бы́ло вре́мя когда́ лю́ди ду́мали, что земля́ пло́ская.
  • There was a time when people thought that the Earth was flat.
  • Утро -- лу́чшее вре́мя су́ток.
  • Morning is the best time of the day.
  • Мой кот спит всё вре́мя.
  • My cat sleeps all the time.
  • В свобо́дное вре́мя я люблю́ чита́ть.
  • I like to read in my spare time.
  • Ле́то -- моё люби́мое вре́мя го́да.
  • Summer is my favourite season.
  •  literal  Summer -- my favorite time of the year.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • в последнее время = lately, recently
      literal  in recent time
  • время от времени = from time to time
  • одно время = at one time
  • в то время как = while
      literal  at the time when
  • в настоящее время = at present, today
      literal  at present time
  • во время = during
  • в своё время = in its/my/his time; in good time
  • на первое время = for a start
      literal  for first time
  • в первое время = at first
  • самое время = it's high time; season
      literal  the very time
  • со временем = in due course; as the time passes
      literal  with time
  • тем временем = meanwhile
      literal  [with] that time
  • раньше времени = prematurely; too soon
      literal  ahead of time
  • время года = season
      literal  time of the year
  • проводить время без дела = to waste time, not to do a day's work
      literal  to spend time without business
  • с незапамятных времен = from time beyond all memory
  • убивать время = to kill time; to while away one's time
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Аппетит приходит во время еды.
  • Appetite comes during a meal.
  • Время дороже золота.
  • Time is money.
  •  literal  Time is more expensive than gold.
  • Время -- лучший лекарь.
  • Time is great healer.
  •  literal  Time is the best doctor.
  • Времена меняются.
  • Times change.
  • Время не щадит ничего.
  • Time will crumble to dust everything.
  • Время терпит.
  • We can take our time.
  • Всему своё время.
  • All in good time.
  • Всякому овощу своё время.
  • Every vegetable knows its time.
  • Придёт время, прорастёт и семя.
  • There will come a time when the seed will sprout.
  • Делу время, потехе час.
  • There's a time for work and a time for play.
  •  literal  Time for business, hour for play.
  • Потерянного времени не вернешь.
  • Lost time is never found again.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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