What does “times” mean in the newspaper “Washington Times”?

I have always wanted to ask about this, but feared it might be so obvious that I would look like a fool. For that many times, I haven't before experienced that level of hesitation with any other question, but I think now is the right time to ask, anyway.

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    For the record, I think this is a perfectly reasonable learner's question. No need to feel foolish for asking.
    – J.R.
    Oct 18, 2018 at 21:52

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In UK we have "The Times", "The Financial Times", "The Observer", "The Guardian" and "The Daily Mail" and so on.

These titles are supposed to reflect the idea that the newspaper is up-to-the-minute in its reporting.

I looked for times in Oxford and Cambridge Dictionaries but neither seems to have this usage from the Bob Dylan song

The times they are a changin'.

  • Macmillan, under its definition for times, has: the circumstances and ideas of the present age
    – J.R.
    Oct 18, 2018 at 21:48
  • It's not unlike the word "news" itself, which tells us that the information is "new" rather than historical. Oct 19, 2018 at 12:18

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