[ 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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for matins (1 of 2)



/ (ˈmætɪnz) /

noun (functioning as singular or plural)

  1. mainly RC Church the first of the seven canonical hours of prayer, originally observed at night but now often recited with lauds at daybreak
  2. the service of morning prayer in the Church of England
literary a morning song, esp of birds

Word Origin for matins

C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin mātūtīnus of the morning, from Mātūta goddess of dawn

British Dictionary definitions for matins (2 of 2)


mattin matinal

/ (ˈmætɪn) /


of or relating to matins

Word Origin for matin

C14: see matins
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