[ ves-per-uh l ]
/ ˈvɛs pər əl /

noun Ecclesiastical.

the part of an antiphonary containing the chants for vespers.
a cloth used between offices to cover the altar cloth.

Origin of vesperal

From the Late Latin word vesperālis, dating back to 1615–25. See vesper, -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for vesperal


/ (ˈvɛspərəl) /

noun Christianity

a liturgical book containing the prayers, psalms, and hymns used at vespers
the part of the antiphonary containing these
a cloth laid over the altar cloth between offices or services

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