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Any of the three canonical divisions of the office of matins.

[Middle English nocturne, from Medieval Latin nocturna, from Latin, feminine of nocturnus, of the night; see nocturnal.]


(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church any of the main sections of the office of matins
[C13: from Medieval Latin nocturna, from Latin nocturnus nocturnal, from nox night]


(ˈnɒk tɜrn)

a division of the office of matins.
[before 1150; Old English noctern < Medieval Latin nocturna < Latin nocturnus of the night = noct-, nox night + -urnus suffix of temporal adjectives]
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Leading up to the so-called 'Nocturn race', the buzz will be building in the city with the arrival of the race teams and their entourage and the pop-up of a race zone near the Monument.
(48) The line was included in a responsory of the Office of the Dead in the third Nocturn of Matins.
Elen and Brian will reprise their presentation at the Gower Festival on July 2, while the BBC National Orchestra of Wales play her Nocturn at the London Prom on July 20.
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Raluca Nicolae, BA in Philology (majoring Japanese-English) at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest; BA in Philosophy at the International Academy for the Study of The History of Religions and Cultures (Bucharest); MA in Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest; PhD in Philology at "Constantin Brailoiu" Institute of Ethnography and Folklore (Romanian Academy) was the recipient of several scholarships to Japan and the author of Diurn si nocturn in legendele japoneze [Daytime and Nighttime in Japanese Legends] (2010); Alternante traditionale: intre cosmic si teluric [Traditional Interchanges: From Heaven to Earth] (2010); Limba japoneza.
In "Liberace!'' the entertainer talks to the audience about his life and plays some of his best known performance pieces, ranging from "I'll be Seeing You'' to Chopin's Nocturn in E Flat Major.
Then at the very end he turns this version of an ancient religious observance (for the "nocturn" was part of the ancient service of Matins, in strict usage performed at midnight) toward a transformation of that Petrarchan language that he had long before used in a secular sonnet that speaks of "the Saint of his affection": (17)
Moving onto the penultimate leg at 3.45pm at Lingfield, I'll be cheering home Frankie who rides Nocturn for Jeremy Noseda.