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matin

[mat-n] /ˈmæt n/
noun
1.
(often initial capital letter) matins, Also, especially British, mattins. (usually used with a singular verb) Ecclesiastical.
  1. the first of the seven canonical hours.
  2. the service for it, properly beginning at midnight, but sometimes beginning at daybreak.
  3. Also called Morning Prayer. the service of public prayer, said in the morning, in the Anglican Church.
2.
Archaic. aubade.
adjective
3.
Also, matinal. pertaining to the morning or to matins.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English matyn (plural matines) < Old French matin < Latin mātūtīnus matutinal
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matin

/ˈmætɪn/
adjective
1.
of or relating to matins
Word Origin
C14: see matins
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n.

see matins.

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