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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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Examples from the web 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.
British Dictionary definitions for matins

matins

/ˈmætɪnz/
noun (functioning as singular or pl)
1.
  1. (mainly RC Church) the first of the seven canonical hours of prayer, originally observed at night but now often recited with lauds at daybreak
  2. the service of morning prayer in the Church of England
2.
(literary) a morning song, esp of birds
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin mātūtīnus of the morning, from Mātūta goddess of dawn

matin

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

canonical hour, mid-13c., from Old French matines (12c.), from Late Latin matutinas (nominative matutinæ) "morning prayers," originally matutinas vigilias "morning watches," from Latin matutinus "of or in the morning," associated with Matuta, Roman dawn goddess (see manana). The Old English word was uht-sang, from uhte "daybreak."

matin

n.

see matins.

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