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[kom-plin, -plahyn] /ˈkɒm plɪn, -plaɪn/
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] /ˈkɒm plɪn/ (Show IPA)
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) Unabridged
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  • The time between vespers and compline was allotted for manual labour.
British Dictionary definitions for compline


/ˈkɒmplɪn; -plaɪn/
(RC Church) the last of the seven canonical hours of the divine office
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for compline

the last canonical service of the day, early 13c., cumplie, compelin, from Old French complie (12c.), from Latin completa (hora), from completus (see complete (adj.)); with unexplained -n-.

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