Definition of Hilary term in English:

Hilary term


  • (in some universities) the term beginning in January.

    • ‘In Michaelmas and Hilary terms of last year, the national and international press covered the Union Presidential election.’
    • ‘More constructive uses of such freedom are illustrated by LMH's vote in Hilary term on how to spend surplus JCR cash.’
    • ‘Parr was asked to go home early last term, but was allowed to return for collections and the first two weeks of Hilary term.’
    • ‘The election had already been postponed from Hilary term because of doubts about Russell's graduate status.’


Late Middle English: named after Hilarius (see Hilary, St).


Hilary term