Definition of term time in English:

term time


  • [mass noun] The part of the year during which instruction is being given in schools, colleges, or universities.

    ‘at present the crèche operates during term time only’
    • ‘Taking children out of school during term time is very much frowned upon.’
    • ‘The place seems to be particularly popular with student-types, especially during term time when they pile up here from nearby Swansea University.’
    • ‘So, as someone who understands why parents want cheap holidays during term time, please allow them their June and September holidays again.’
    • ‘Commonweal School students Gemma Gillies and Tom Curtis have never been sick, played truant or gone on holiday during term time in the past five years.’
    • ‘Christina discovered she had a good ear for language and decided to do a degree, commuting from Florence to Hull University during term time.’