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[ee-vuh n-sawng, -song] /ˈi vənˌsɔŋ, -ˌsɒŋ/
(usually initial capital letter). Also called evening prayer. Anglican Church. a form of worship said or sung in the evening.
Roman Catholic Church. vesper (def 3c).
Origin of evensong
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ǣfensang. See even2, song Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for evensong
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  • 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.

    Woman under Monasticism Lina Eckenstein
  • We make it known we shall be pleased to see them after Mattins and evensong.

    The Potter and the Clay Arthur F. Winnington Ingram
  • He has been with me a week, and every day we have had matins, compline, and evensong.

    Mrs. Darrell Foxcroft Davis
  • Then evensong, and in the evening, stories and singing again.

    The Storm Aleksandr Nicolaevich Ostrovsky
  • But alone, at Matins or evensong, he followed his usual habit.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • In all the towns the churches were exceptionally full at evensong.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
British Dictionary definitions for evensong


(Church of England) Also called Evening Prayer, vespers. the daily evening service of Bible readings and prayers prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer
(archaic) another name for vespers
an archaic or poetic word for evening
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for evensong

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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