- a religious service in the late afternoon or the evening.
- the sixth of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it, occurring in the late afternoon or the evening.
- Roman Catholic Church. a part of the office to be said in the evening by those in major orders, frequently made a public ceremony in the afternoons or evenings of Sundays and holy days.
- Anglican Church. evensong(def 1).
Origin of vesper
Examples from the Web for vesper
It was the song of the vesper sparrow and the white-throat in one.Birds and Poets|John Burroughs
Vesper noticed that the mention of the word Protestant at any time sent her into a transport of uneasiness.
"That is the view I have always taken of it," said Vesper, mildly.
I subsequently returned to the house of the mourners, there joining the assembly at vesper prayers.Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I|Sir Moses Montefiore
The white-headed, red-coated mail-driver, who never flagged in his admiration for Vesper, was just now talking about him.
British Dictionary definitions for vesper (1 of 2)
Word Origin for vesper
British Dictionary definitions for vesper (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for vesper
late 14c., "the evening star," from Old French vespre, from Latin vesper (masc.), vespera (fem.) "evening star, evening, west," related to Greek hesperos, and ultimately from PIE *wespero- (cf. Old Church Slavonic večeru, Lithuanian vakaras, Welsh ucher, Old Irish fescor "evening"), from root *we- "down" (cf. Sanskrit avah "down, downward"). Meaning "evening" is attested from c.1600.
Vespers "sixth canonical hour" is attested from 1610s, from plural of Latin vespera "evening;" the native name was evensong (Old English æfen-sang).