n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
a. Ecclesiastical The office that formerly constituted together with lauds the first of the seven canonical hours.
b. The time of day appointed for this service, traditionally midnight or 2 AM but often sunrise.
2. often Matins See Morning Prayer.
[Middle English matines, from Old French, from Medieval Latin (vigiliae) mātūtīnae, morning (vigils), feminine pl. of Latin mātūtīnus, of the morning, from Mātūta, goddess of dawn; see mā-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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