- 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.
Origin of matin
Examples from the Web for matins
They were excellent persons of the kind that talk about matins and vespers, and attend both.The Pool in the Desert|Sara Jeanette Duncan
Thither Ketil arrived just as the king was coming from matins.Heimskringla|Snorri Sturlason
The MS. has "The lively lark my matins rung," and "sung" in the rhyme.The Lady of the Lake|Sir Walter Scott
She heard them most frequently, she said, at the hour of compline and of matins, when the bells were ringing.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)|Anatole France
Sometimes she wakened Lisa early at daybreak, dressed her hurriedly, and took her in secret to matins.A House of Gentlefolk|Ivan Turgenev
British Dictionary definitions for matins (1 of 2)
noun (functioning as singular or plural)
- mainly RC Church the first of the seven canonical hours of prayer, originally observed at night but now often recited with lauds at daybreak
- the service of morning prayer in the Church of England