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[muh-toot-n-l, -tyoot-]
  1. pertaining to or occurring in the morning; early in the day.
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Origin of matutinal

1650–60; < Late Latin mātūtinālis of, belonging to the morning, early, equivalent to Latin mātūtīn(us) of the morning (Mātūt(a) goddess of dawn + -īnus -ine1) + -ālis -al1
Related formsma·tu·ti·nal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • And do not let us blame Bacchus unduly for the matutinal trouble.

    Cakes &amp; Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • He enjoyed this matutinal habit for many years, and rarely omitted it.

    The Old Pike

    Thomas B. Searight

  • He had not a moment's doubt as to the nature of the matutinal visit.

  • Then he set to work upon his matutinal review of the preceding night.

  • Well, one has run away to literature since, but where is the matutinal beer?

British Dictionary definitions for matutinal


  1. of, occurring in, or during the morning
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Derived Formsmatutinally, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin mātūtīnālis, from Latin mātūtīnus, from Mātūta goddess of the dawn
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Word Origin and History for matutinal


1650s, from Latin matutinalis "pertaining to morning," from matutinus "of or pertaining to the morning," from Matuta, name of the Roman goddess of dawn, related to maturus "early" (see mature (v.)). Earlier in same sense was matutine (mid-15c.). Related: Matutinally.

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