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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. 2017.
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  • The glowworm shows the matin to be near And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire.

  • His assertion that the Paris matin had published all the details was, in all probability, untrue.

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
  • The dawn-birds trebled their matin greeting and a pearly flush located the eastern quarter of the sky.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • There is only the matin and the Echo de Paris who can save you.

    My Memoirs Marguerite Steinheil
  • In feeling and in faith the hymn is a matin song for the world, supplying words and thoughts to any and every heart that worships.

    The Story of the Hymns and Tunes Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
  • This morning I read in the matin of the dreadful day you spent at Boulogne.

    My Memoirs Marguerite Steinheil
  • The matin bells resound melodiously through the pure bright air, announcing the hour of devotion.

    Washington Irving Charles Dudley Warner
  • The Paris matin has started a new kind of dramatic criticism.

  • I went to the prison and showed the matin article to Mme. Steinheil.

    My Memoirs Marguerite Steinheil
  • The woods and fields alike were still bubbling with matin song.

    Oldfield Nancy Huston Banks
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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