[ mat-n ]
/ ˈmæt n /


(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 matinal

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

    Fairy Fingers|Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • 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
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for matinal


mattin matinal

/ (ˈmætɪn) /


of or relating to matins

Word Origin for matin

C14: see matins
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