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mat·ins

 (măt′nz)
n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1.
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- in Indo-European roots.]

matins

(ˈmætɪnz) or

mattins

n (functioning as singular or plural)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. chiefly RC Church the first of the seven canonical hours of prayer, originally observed at night but now often recited with lauds at daybreak
b. the service of morning prayer in the Church of England
2. literary a morning song, esp of birds
[C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin mātūtīnus of the morning, from Mātūta goddess of dawn]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matins - the first canonical hourmatins - the first canonical hour; at daybreak
canonical hour - (Roman Catholic Church) one of seven specified times for prayer
Translations

matins

[ˈmætɪnz] NSING or NPLmaitines mpl

matins

n sing (Catholic) → Matutin f, → Morgenlob nt; (Anglican) → Morgenandacht f

matins

[ˈmætɪnz] nsg or nplmattutino
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