little hours

noun Roman Catholic Church.
the hours of prime, tierce, sext, and nones, and sometimes also vespers and compline.

1870–75 Unabridged
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little hours
pl n
RC Church the canonical hours of prime, terce, sext, and nones in the divine office

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Several eloquent addresses were delivered, followed by a sumptuous banquet, which extended into the little hours of the morning.
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