- 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 vespers
Ever since they had been at college the three girls had kept their engagement for vespers on Sunday afternoons.Molly Brown's Senior Days|Nell Speed
They were excellent persons of the kind that talk about matins and vespers, and attend both.The Pool in the Desert|Sara Jeanette Duncan
After vespers, the Superior of the convent conducted the party through the building to view it.Old Mackinaw|W. P. Strickland.
In the midst of the recital Jeanne slipped out, and went across the garden to the little church to vespers.Joan of Arc|Lucy Foster Madison
He heard her speak once more, her voice like some melancholy bell of vespers of a golden evening.The Covered Wagon|Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for vespers (1 of 3)
noun (functioning as singular or plural)
British Dictionary definitions for vespers (2 of 3)
Word Origin for vesper
British Dictionary definitions for vespers (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History for vespers
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).