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.
Why Did “Noon” Used To Mean 3:00?Surprisingly, the term noon wasn’t always shorthand for midday at 12:00; in fact, it used to refer to a different time of day altogether.
Origin of canonical hour
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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British Dictionary definitions for canonical hour
- 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
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