noun Roman Catholic Church.
Origin of nocturn
Examples from the Web for nocturn
It was to be lighted again by one of the novices appointed for the purpose during the last psalm of each Nocturn.English Monastic Life|Abbot Gasquet
The elders did not observe the nocturn that night until prime on the morrow.The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran|Anonymous
The contessa's reception began at the first nocturn, between sunset and midnight.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel|Robert Shea
At half-past three in the afternoon the first nocturn began, with the Psalms, Lessons, etc.Letters of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy from Italy and Switzerland|Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
When all were assembled, fifteen psalms were sung; then came the nocturn and more psalms.Curiosities of Christian History|Croake James
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Word Origin for nocturn
Word Origin and History for nocturn
a division of the office of matins, early 13c., from Old French nocturne "evening service; curfew," from Medieval Latin nocturna, "group of Psalms used in the nocturns," from Latin nocturnus (see nocturnal).