- (often initial capital letter) matins. Also especially British, mattins. (usually used with a singular verb) Ecclesiastical.
- the first of the seven canonical hours.
- the service for it, properly beginning at midnight, but sometimes beginning at daybreak.
- 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
Related Words for matinalbriefly, shortly, beforehand, soon, promptly, unexpectedly, directly, prematurely, quick, immediately, previous, betimes, anon, presently, pronto, proximately
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Madeleine was preparing for her matinal walk, when her cousin was announced.
He forbade the matinal visit to church, to which she clung so ardently.The Song of Songs
The matinal hour devoted to this refreshing walk was to both maidens the calmest and happiest of the twenty-four.
Kate stood by the window, looking out drearily at the matinal sunlight.Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters
May Agnes Fleming
- of or relating to matins
Word Origin for matin
Word Origin and History for matinal