- 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.
Origin of canonical hour
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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- RC Church
- one of the seven prayer times appointed for each day by canon law
- 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