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[muh-toot-n-l, -tyoot-] /məˈtut n l, -ˈtyut-/
pertaining to or occurring in the morning; early in the day.
Origin of matutinal
1650-60; < Late Latin mātūtinālis of, belonging to the morning, early, equivalent to Latin mātūtīn(us) of the morning (Mātūt(a) goddess of dawn + -īnus -ine1) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
matutinally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for matutinal
Historical Examples
  • And do not let us blame Bacchus unduly for the matutinal trouble.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • He enjoyed this matutinal habit for many years, and rarely omitted it.

    The Old Pike Thomas B. Searight
  • He had not a moment's doubt as to the nature of the matutinal visit.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • Then he set to work upon his matutinal review of the preceding night.

  • Well, one has run away to literature since, but where is the matutinal beer?

  • The dawn came up while the Staff were drinking their matutinal tea.

  • These matutinal excursions were planned on the preceding evening.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • But I would willingly make them matutinal for such a purpose at any time.

    A Siren Thomas Adolphus Trollope
  • From the day when he first became a Wet Bob at Eton he had never wavered in his devotion to matutinal and vespertinal ablutions.

  • The big war steamers were getting their matutinal scrub, and were alive with blue-and-white-clothed men.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for matutinal


of, occurring in, or during the morning
Derived Forms
matutinally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin mātūtīnālis, from Latin mātūtīnus, from Mātūta goddess of the dawn
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Word Origin and History for matutinal

1650s, from Latin matutinalis "pertaining to morning," from matutinus "of or pertaining to the morning," from Matuta, name of the Roman goddess of dawn, related to maturus "early" (see mature (v.)). Earlier in same sense was matutine (mid-15c.). Related: Matutinally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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