- (initial capital letter) the evening star, especially Venus; Hesperus.
- Also called vesper bell. a bell rung at evening.
- vespers, (sometimes initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical.
- 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).
- Archaic. evening.
- of, pertaining to, appearing in, or proper to the evening.
- of or relating to vespers.
Origin of vesper
Related Words for vesperduskiness, decline, dusk, even, eve, gloaming, dark, eventide, sundown, close, nightfall, sunset, twilight, black, dim
Examples from the Web for vesper
Historical Examples of vesper
The vesper hymn was sung by the whole congregation, standing.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Illustrated by Vesper L. George, and by numerous photographs.John and Betty's History Visit
At the vesper hour, there came an eighth, the stench of which was horrible.Thais
"Vesper service is beginning in the chapel, sir," says the gent.Torchy
Ah, that is the vesper bell, as they call it—the unclean beasts that they are!Earl Hubert's Daughter
Emily Sarah Holt
- an evening prayer, service, or hymn
- an archaic word for evening
- (modifier) of or relating to vespers
Word Origin for vesper
- the planet Venus, when appearing as the evening star
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).