(often initial capital letter) matins. Also especially British, mattins. (usually used with a singular verb) Ecclesiastical.
  1. the first of the seven canonical hours.
  2. the service for it, properly beginning at midnight, but sometimes beginning at daybreak.
  3. Also called Morning Prayer.the service of public prayer, said in the morning, in the Anglican Church.
Archaic. aubade.


Also mat·in·al. pertaining to the morning or to matins.

Origin of matin

1200–50; Middle English matyn (plural matines) < Old French matin < Latin mātūtīnus matutinal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for matin

Historical Examples of matin

  • The night is never so long But at last it ringeth for matin song.

    Daily Thoughts

    Charles Kingsley

  • His assertion that the Paris Matin had published all the details was, in all probability, untrue.

    Hushed Up

    William Le Queux

  • The matin prayers were not extended to any great length of time.

  • It is in the Matin to-day, a copy of which I send you with our greeting.

    The Place of Dragons

    William Le Queux

  • It had referred to something which had appeared in the Paris Matin of March 17.

    The Place of Dragons

    William Le Queux

British Dictionary definitions for matin


mattin matinal


of or relating to matins

Word Origin for matin

C14: see matins
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Word Origin and History for matin

see matins.

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