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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. 2017.
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  • A whole flood of Harewoods, Underwoods, and untold numbers besides, swept into the room as the bell began to ring for evensong.

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

    Penshurst Castle Emma Marshall
  • At evensong on the fourth day he came to an abbey of white monks, and there was given great cheer.

    King Arthur's Knights Henry Gilbert
  • We make it known we shall be pleased to see them after Mattins and evensong.

    The Potter and the Clay Arthur F. Winnington Ingram
  • 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
  • Then, when the bells sounded for evensong, the knights rested again a while, unlacing their helms to breathe the evening air.

  • I went to evensong when I got back; the bell was tolling just as usual.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • I am now bound for the parish of Leigh, where I say evensong at five o'clock.'

    Penshurst Castle Emma Marshall
  • The afternoon practice, at the close of evensong, is chiefly devoted to theory.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
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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