[ ves-per-tin, -tahyn ]
/ ˈvɛs pər tɪn, -ˌtaɪn /


of, relating to, or occurring in the evening: vespertine stillness.
Botany. opening or expanding in the evening, as certain flowers.
Zoology. appearing or flying in the early evening; crepuscular.
Also ves·per·ti·nal [ves-per-tahyn-l] /ˌvɛs pərˈtaɪn l/.

Origin of vespertine

1495–1505; < Latin vespertīnus, equivalent to vesper vesper + -tīnus adj. suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for vespertine

  • Odors from strong bacon and boiling coffee contended against the cut-plug fumes from the vespertine pipe.

  • The vespertine hour was nigh, and over this iron landscape there floated the moon, an opal button in the sky.

    Visionaries|James Huneker
  • Up Broadway Chandler moved with the vespertine dress parade.

British Dictionary definitions for vespertine

/ (ˈvɛspəˌtaɪn) /


botany zoology appearing, opening, or active in the eveningvespertine flowers
occurring in the evening or (esp of stars) appearing or setting in the evening
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