[ nok-turn ]
/ ˈnɒk tɜrn /

noun Roman Catholic Church.

the office of matins, consisting of nine psalms and either three or nine lessons.


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Origin of nocturn

before 1150; Middle English nocturne < Medieval Latin nocturna, noun use of feminine of Latin nocturnus by night; replacing Old English noctern < Medieval Latin, as above Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for nocturn

/ (ˈnɒktɜːn) /


RC Church any of the main sections of the office of matins

Word Origin for nocturn

C13: from Medieval Latin nocturna, from Latin nocturnus nocturnal, from nox night
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