compline

[kom-plin, -plahyn]
noun Ecclesiastical.
the last of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it, originally occurring after the evening meal but now usually following immediately upon vespers.
Also, complin [kom-plin] .


Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English comp(e)lin, equivalent to compli, cump(e)lie (< Old French complie, cumplie < Latin complēta (hōra) complete (hour) + -in (of matin)

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compline or complin (ˈkɒmplɪn, -plaɪn, ˈkɒmplɪn)
 
n
RC Church the last of the seven canonical hours of the divine office
 
[C13: from Old French complie, from Medieval Latin hōra complēta, literally: the completed hour, from Latin complēre to fill up, complete]
 
complin or complin
 
n
 
[C13: from Old French complie, from Medieval Latin hōra complēta, literally: the completed hour, from Latin complēre to fill up, complete]

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compline
the last canonical service of the day, early 13c., cumplie, compelin, from O.Fr. complie, from L. completa (hora), from completus (see complete); with unexplained -n-.
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The time between vespers and compline was allotted for manual labour.
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