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noun
Ecclesiastical. any of certain periods of the day set apart for prayer and devotion: these are matins and lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline.
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Origin of canonical hour

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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canonical hour

noun
RC Church
  1. one of the seven prayer times appointed for each day by canon law
  2. the services prescribed for these times, namely matins, prime, terce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline
Church of England any time between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at which marriages may lawfully be celebrated
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