[ kom-plin, -plahyn ]
/ ˈkɒm plɪn, -plaɪn /

noun Ecclesiastical.

the last of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it, originally occurring after the evening meal but now usually following immediately upon vespers.
Also com·plin [kom-plin] /ˈkɒm plɪn/.

Origin of compline

1175–1225; Middle English comp(e)lin, equivalent to compli, cump(e)lie (< Old French complie, cumplie < Latin complēta (hōra) complete (hour) + -in (of matin) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for compline


complin (ˈkɒmplɪn)

/ (ˈkɒmplɪn, -plaɪn) /


RC Church the last of the seven canonical hours of the divine office

Word Origin for compline

C13: from Old French complie, from Medieval Latin hōra complēta, literally: the completed hour, from Latin complēre to fill up, complete
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