matin

[mat-n]
noun
1.
(often initial capital letter) matins, Also, especially British, mattins. (usually used with a singular verb) Ecclesiastical.
a.
the first of the seven canonical hours.
b.
the service for it, properly beginning at midnight, but sometimes beginning at daybreak.
c.
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:
1200–50; Middle English matyn (plural matines) < Old French matin < Latin mātūtīnus matutinal

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matin, mattin or matinal (ˈmætɪn)
 
adj
of or relating to matins
 
[C14: see matins]
 
mattin, mattin or matinal
 
adj
 
[C14: see matins]
 
matinal, mattin or matinal
 
adj
 
[C14: see matins]

matins or mattins (ˈmætɪnz)
 
n
1.  a.  chiefly RC Church the first of the seven canonical hours of prayer, originally observed at night but now often recited with lauds at daybreak
 b.  the service of morning prayer in the Church of England
2.  literary a morning song, esp of birds
 
[C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin mātūtīnus of the morning, from Mātūta goddess of dawn]
 
mattins or mattins
 
n
 
[C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin mātūtīnus of the morning, from Mātūta goddess of dawn]

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matins
mid-13c., from O.Fr. matines, from L.L. matutinas (nom. matutinæ) "morning prayers," originally matutinas vigilias "morning watches," from L. matutinus "of or in the morning," associated with Matuta, Roman dawn goddess (see manana). The O.E. word was uht-sang, from uhte "daybreak."

matin
see matins.
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Example sentences for matins
Matins refers to prayers generally said in the morning, without the eucharist.
The first hour is an extension of matins, and the two are generally said together.
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