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n. pl. in·vi·ta·to·ries
A psalm or other piece sung as an invitation to prayer in church services, especially at the opening of matins in the Roman office.
Constituting or containing an invitation.

[Middle English invitatorie, from Medieval Latin invītātōrium, from Late Latin invītātōrius, inviting, from Latin invītātus, past participle of invītāre, to invite.]


(ɪnˈvaɪtətərɪ; -trɪ)
serving as or conveying an invitation
n, pl -tories
(Ecclesiastical Terms) any of various invitations to prayer, such as Psalm 95 in a religious service


(ɪnˈvaɪ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

serving to invite; conveying an invitation.
[1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin]
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Adj.1.invitatory - conveying an invitation; "a brief invitatory note"
inviting - attractive and tempting; "an inviting offer"
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The cards are cut in half, which makes the content impossible to read; it was possible to group them into one whole manuscript fragment containing 35 invitatories.
The set consists of six pairs (twelve volumes), plus one single book of Matins invitatories.
A bibliography, comprised of publications in English as well as Hungarian, precedes the comprehensive index, which indicates folio numbers and modes next to the incipits of antiphons, invitatories, great and short responsories, and other chants in the manuscript, including alleluia verses, graduals, hymns (without notation), two Kyries, lamentation tones, and a Vidi aquam.