There must the baron rest/ till past the hour of vesper-tide,/ And then to Holy-Rood must ride…
-- Sir Walter Scott, Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field, 1808
In the Park Avenue penthouse of Publisher Condé Nast, at vespertide Nov. 29, some 340 international celebrities jovially jostled and joked and juggled canapes in pre-Christmas camaraderie.
-- "Life Goes to a Party," Life, December 23, 1940
Vespertide comes from the Latin word for "evening star" or "evening," vesper. The second element, tide, refers to a season or period in the course of the year, day, etc., and is used chiefly in combination. Vespertide entered English in the early 1800s.