- (often initial capital letter) matins. Also especially British, mattins. (usually used with a singular verb) Ecclesiastical.
- the first of the seven canonical hours.
- the service for it, properly beginning at midnight, but sometimes beginning at daybreak.
- Also called Morning Prayer.the service of public prayer, said in the morning, in the Anglican Church.
- Archaic. aubade.
- Also mat·in·al. pertaining to the morning or to matins.
Origin of matin
1200–50; Middle English matyn (plural matines) < Old French matin < Latin mātūtīnus matutinal
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Examples from the Web for matin
The night is never so long But at last it ringeth for matin song.Daily Thoughts
His assertion that the Paris Matin had published all the details was, in all probability, untrue.Hushed Up
William Le Queux
The matin prayers were not extended to any great length of time.The Tiger Hunter
It is in the Matin to-day, a copy of which I send you with our greeting.
It had referred to something which had appeared in the Paris Matin of March 17.
- of or relating to matins
C14: see matins
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Word Origin and History for matin
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