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mat·in(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.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to matins
[C14: see matins]
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1. (often cap.) matins, (used with a sing. v.)adj.
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]
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