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matutinal

[muh-toot-n-l, -tyoot-] /məˈtut n l, -ˈtyut-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or occurring in the morning; early in the day.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin mātūtinālis of, belonging to the morning, early, equivalent to Latin mātūtīn(us) of the morning (Mātūt(a) goddess of dawn + -īnus -ine1) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
matutinally, adverb
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  • On the contrary, she took it for an accident, due to the presumed matutinal habits of the people.
British Dictionary definitions for matutinal

matutinal

/ˌmætjʊˈtaɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of, occurring in, or during the morning
Derived Forms
matutinally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin mātūtīnālis, from Latin mātūtīnus, from Mātūta goddess of the dawn
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Word Origin and History for matutinal
adj.

1650s, from Latin matutinalis "pertaining to morning," from matutinus "of or pertaining to the morning," from Matuta, name of the Roman goddess of dawn, related to maturus "early" (see mature (v.)). Earlier in same sense was matutine (mid-15c.). Related: Matutinally.

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