What Does ETD Mean in a Text?

ETD means "Estimated Time Of Departure." ETD is an abbreviation most commonly used with the meaning "Estimated Time Of Departure." This is the date and time at which a journey is expected to start.

The abbreviation ETD is formally and most commonly used in the transport industry, but it is also widely used by the general public.

Of note:
  • ETD is sometimes expanded as "Expected Time Of Departure."
  • ETD is sometimes used to mean "Estimated Time Of Delivery".

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When I write ETD, I mean this:

meaning of ETD

ETD usually means Estimated Time Of Departure

Summary of Key Points

"Estimated Time of Departure" is the most common definition for ETD on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Estimated Time of Departure
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ETD in Sentences

Here are examples of ETD being used in conversations:
  • Announcer: The 1340 departure to New York has been delayed due to new visa regulations. ETD is now 1984.
  • Rob: I'm getting dinner ready. What time will you be home?.
  • Simon: I'm just finishing up here. ETD 10 minutes.

An Academic Look at ETD

ETD is an initialism abbreviation with the meaning "Estimated Time Of Departure." Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eee Tee Dee).

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said something like "expected time of departure" or "scheduled departure time" instead of using the abbreviation ETD to mean "Estimated Time Of Departure."

Example of ETD Used in a Text

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