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[mat-n] /ˈmæt n/
(often initial capital letter) matins, Also, especially British, mattins. (usually used with a singular verb) Ecclesiastical.
  1. the first of the seven canonical hours.
  2. the service for it, properly beginning at midnight, but sometimes beginning at daybreak.
  3. Also called Morning Prayer. the service of public prayer, said in the morning, in the Anglican Church.
Archaic. aubade.
Also, matinal. pertaining to the morning or to matins.
Origin of matin
1200-50; Middle English matyn (plural matines) < Old French matin < Latin mātūtīnus matutinal Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for matin
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  • The night is never so long But at last it ringeth for matin song.

    Daily Thoughts Charles Kingsley
  • 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 Mayne Reid
  • It is in the matin to-day, a copy of which I send you with our greeting.

    The Place of Dragons William Le Queux
  • It had referred to something which had appeared in the Paris matin of March 17.

    The Place of Dragons William Le Queux
  • The earth had not yet raised her matin hymn to the throne of the Creator.

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • The vesper and the matin hours became at once the epochs of his day.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • While the birds were chirping their matin song, she might be seen with her besom in her hand.

  • And I thought of certain words spoken by M. Sauerwein, of the matin.

    My Memoirs Marguerite Steinheil
  • There is only the matin and the Echo de Paris who can save you.

    My Memoirs Marguerite Steinheil
British Dictionary definitions for matin


of or relating to matins
Word Origin
C14: see matins
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for matin

see matins.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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