matins

mattins

/ (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

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Word Origin for matins

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