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evensong

[ee-vuh n-sawng, -song]
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noun
  1. (usually initial capital letter) Also called evening prayer. Anglican Church. a form of worship said or sung in the evening.
  2. Roman Catholic Church. vesper(def 3c).
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Origin of evensong

before 1000; Middle English; Old English ǣfensang. See even2, song
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Examples from the Web for evensong

Historical Examples

  • In a moment the evensong was hushed and the birds flew away.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • I am now bound for the parish of Leigh, where I say evensong at five o'clock.'

    Penshurst Castle

    Emma Marshall

  • The bell was chiming for the evensong, and Sir Philip passed in.

    Penshurst Castle

    Emma Marshall

  • And so they went home and unarmed them, and so to evensong and supper.

    Children's Literature

    Charles Madison Curry

  • The celebration of evensong partook of the solemnity of the celebration of high mass.


British Dictionary definitions for evensong

evensong

noun
  1. Also called: Evening Prayer, vespers Church of England the daily evening service of Bible readings and prayers prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer
  2. archaic another name for vespers
  3. an archaic or poetic word for evening
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Word Origin and History for evensong

n.

Old English æfensang; see even (n.) + song.

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