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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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  • At the moment when they disappeared in the forest, the owl uttered its matutinal cry, the precursor of sunrise.

    The Border Rifles Gustave Aimard
  • And do not let us blame Bacchus unduly for the matutinal trouble.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Yet I believe that we annoyed them and deranged the tenor of their lives by our matutinal habits.

    Disturbed Ireland Bernard H. Becker
  • He enjoyed this matutinal habit for many years, and rarely omitted it.

    The Old Pike Thomas B. Searight
  • Can there be anything more dreadful than the matutinal apparition of an ugly old maid at her window?

    Pierrette Honore de Balzac
  • He had not a moment's doubt as to the nature of the matutinal visit.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • These congress meetings did not begin before eleven, so that for those who were active time for matutinal exercise was allowed.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • Then he set to work upon his matutinal review of the preceding night.

  • Before leaving Gibraltar I had two novel sensations, nocturnal and matutinal.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • The dawn came up while the Staff were drinking their matutinal tea.

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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