Share this entry

St Swithin's day Line breaks: St Swithin's day

Definition of St Swithin's day in English:


15 July, a Church festival commemorating St Swithin and popularly believed to be a day on which, if it rains, it will continue raining for the next forty days.
Example sentences
  • Saturday was St Swithin's day and even the weather men were speaking gloomily of the likelihood of it raining, and going on to rain for forty days, just like the legend has it.
  • St. Swithin's Day has rather justified the reputation of its weather forecast this year, and now everybody is looking forward anxiously to the fortieth day in the hope that new conditions of weather will result.

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day haughty
Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
arrogantly superior and disdainful