Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of Hocktide in English:
(In England) a religious festival formerly kept on the second Monday and Tuesday after Easter, during which, in pre-Reformation times, money was raised for Church and parish purposes.
- It sounded for all the world like a large Christmas beetle, but seeing Easter's been and gone and we're heading for Hocktide, this made no sense, so I went to investigate.
- The festival begins when the town crier blows his horn and summons the Hocktide Court to the town hall.
- A Hocktide Lunch is served to more than 180 commoners and their guests and friends in the Corn Exchange.
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