[ muh-toot-n-l, -tyoot- ]
/ məˈtut n l, -ˈtyut- /


pertaining to or occurring in the morning; early in the day.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for matutinal


/ (ˌmætjʊˈtaɪnəl) /


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

Word Origin for matutinal

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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