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or Com·pline  (kŏm′plĭn, -plīn′) also com·plin or Com·plin (-plĭn)
n. Ecclesiastical
1. The last of the canonical hours, recited or sung just before retiring.
2. The time of day appointed for this service.

[Middle English, alteration (probably influenced by matines, matins) of compli, from Old French complie, from Medieval Latin (hōra) complēta, final (hour), from Latin complētus, past participle of complēre, to complete; see complete.]


(ˈkɒmplɪn; -plaɪn) or


(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church the last of the seven canonical hours of the divine office
[C13: from Old French complie, from Medieval Latin hōra complēta, literally: the completed hour, from Latin complēre to fill up, complete]


(ˈkɒm plɪn, -plaɪn)

also com•plin


the last of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it.
[1175–1225; Middle English comp(e)lin=compli, cump(e)lie (< Old French complie, cumplie < Latin complēta (hōra) complete (hour)) + -in (of matin)]
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Noun1.compline - last of the seven canonical hours just before retiring
canonical hour - (Roman Catholic Church) one of seven specified times for prayer


n (Eccl) → Komplet f
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