Definition of termer in US English:



  • 1A person who visits or resides in London during a law term, either on legal business, or to take advantage of the increased opportunity for commerce, entertainment, or criminal activity. Sometimes derogatory. Now rare (historical after 17th cent.).

  • 2A person who is bound or restricted to a particular length of time for doing something; especially (a) †a person who holds office only for a term or limited period; also figurative (obsolete); (b) (now only) a person serving a prison sentence for a fixed term.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Wyll of Deuyll. From term + -er.