- 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for matinal
Madeleine was preparing for her matinal walk, when her cousin was announced.
The matinal hour devoted to this refreshing walk was to both maidens the calmest and happiest of the twenty-four.
He forbade the matinal visit to church, to which she clung so ardently.The Song of Songs|Hermann Sudermann
Kate stood by the window, looking out drearily at the matinal sunlight.Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters|May Agnes Fleming