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noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. tierce(def 3).
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Historical Examples

  • Between breakfast and Terce John carried out this intention.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • The choir commence the chanting of the psalms of terce and sext.

  • In the monastery church the monks were chanting "terce" to an empty nave.

    God Wills It!

    William Stearns Davis

  • Now I hear the bell for terce--go forth, my son, and prove your vocation.

  • The middle between them both is 50 degrees and a terce in latitude.

British Dictionary definitions for terce



  1. mainly RC Church the third of the seven canonical hours of the divine office, originally fixed at the third hour of the day, about 9 a.m.

Word Origin

a variant of tierce
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