One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in some universities) the term beginning in January.
- ‘More constructive uses of such freedom are illustrated by LMH's vote in Hilary term on how to spend surplus JCR cash.’
- ‘In Michaelmas and Hilary terms of last year, the national and international press covered the Union Presidential election.’
- ‘The election had already been postponed from Hilary term because of doubts about Russell's graduate status.’
- ‘Parr was asked to go home early last term, but was allowed to return for collections and the first two weeks of Hilary term.’
Late Middle English: named after Hilarius (see Hilary, St).
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