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[ 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.

Nearby words

complicity, complier, compliment, complimentary, complimentary close, compline, complot, comply, compo, component, component of complement
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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Word Origin and History for compline



the last canonical service of the day, early 13c., cumplie, compelin, from Old French complie (12c.), from Latin completa (hora), from completus (see complete (adj.)); with unexplained -n-.

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