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matin

[mat-n]
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noun
  1. (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.
  2. Archaic. aubade.
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adjective
  1. Also mat·in·al. pertaining to the morning or to matins.
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Origin of matin

1200–50; Middle English matyn (plural matines) < Old French matin < Latin mātūtīnus matutinal
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Examples from the Web for matinal

Historical Examples

  • Madeleine was preparing for her matinal walk, when her cousin was announced.

    Fairy Fingers

    Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

  • He forbade the matinal visit to church, to which she clung so ardently.

    The Song of Songs

    Hermann Sudermann

  • The matinal hour devoted to this refreshing walk was to both maidens the calmest and happiest of the twenty-four.

    Fairy Fingers

    Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

  • Kate stood by the window, looking out drearily at the matinal sunlight.


British Dictionary definitions for matinal

matin

mattin matinal

adjective
  1. of or relating to matins
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Word Origin

C14: see matins
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Word Origin and History for matinal

matin

n.

see matins.

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