E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Term Time of our Universities.
There are three terms at Cambridge in a year, and four at Oxford, but the two middle Oxford terms are two only in name, as they run on without a break. The three Cambridge terms are Lent, Easter, and Michaelmas. The four
Oxford terms are Lent, Easter + Trinity, and Michaelmas.
Cambridge, begins January 13th, and ends on the Friday before Palm Sunday.
Oxford, begins January 14th, and ends on the Saturday before Palm Sunday.
Cambridge, begins on the Friday of Easterweek, and ends Friday nearest June 20th.
Oxford, begins on the Wednesday of Easterweek, and ends Friday before Whit-Sunday.
The continuation, called Trinity term, runs on till the second Saturday of July.
Cambridge, begins October 1st, and ends December 16th.
Oxford, begins October 10th, and ends December 17th.