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 (măt′n) also mat·in·al (-əl)
Of or relating to matins or to the early part of the day.

[Middle English, from Old French, sing. of matines, matins; see matins.]


(ˈmætɪn) or




(Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to matins
[C14: see matins]


(ˈmæt n)

1. (often cap.) matins, (used with a sing. v.)
a. the first of the seven canonical hours, beginning at midnight or daybreak, in conjunction with lauds.
b. Also called Morning Prayer. the service of morning liturgical prayer in the Anglican communion.

Also, mat′in•al.

pertaining to the early morning or to matins.
[1200–50; Middle English matyn (pl. matines) < Old French matin < Latin mātūtīnus matutinal]
References in classic literature ?
On se reunit le matin au breakfast, et puis on se separe.
Report speaks you a bonny monk, that would hear the matin chime ere he quitted his bowl; and, old as I am, I feared to have shame in encountering you.
13] See the interview of the special correspondent of the MATIN, with Mohammed-Ali Bey, on the day after the entry of the Salonika troops into Constantinople.
C'est bien," returned the sentinel, throwing his musket from the charge to his shoulder; "vous promenez bien matin, monsieur
Despite the doctor's orders that she should not go out early in the morning, Natasha insisted on fasting and preparing for the sacrament, not as they generally prepared for it in the Rostov family by attending three services in their own house, but as Agrafena Ivanovna did, by going to church every day for a week and not once missing Vespers, Matins, or Mass.
And when matins and the first mass were done, there was seen in the churchyard, against the high altar, a great stone foursquare, like unto a marble stone, and in the midst thereof was like an anvil of steel a foot on high, and therein stuck a fair sword naked by the point, and letters there were written in gold about the sword that said thus:-- 'Whoso pulleth out this sword of the stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.
Only the birds that darted here and there from hedges were awake, and singing their matins.
A week in your cells, false brethren, a week of rye-bread and lentils, with double lauds and double matins, may help ye to remembrance of the laws under which ye live.
By day they did nothing but ascend and descend the steps which led to the chapel; at night, in addition to complines and matins, they were further obliged to leap twenty times out of their beds and prostrate themselves on the floor of their cells.
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