Definition of vesperal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvespərəl/

Entry from US English dictionary


1Of or pertaining to evening.
2Of or pertaining to vespers.


A book containing the psalms, canticles, anthems and the like with their musical settings that are used at vespers.
Example sentences
  • Fortunately, the remaining part of the music archive was undamaged by the disaster: this comprises an important collection of madrigals, vesperals and processionals, including an outstanding fifteenth-century Processional for Holy Week, well-known to scholars.
  • One room in particular is dedicated to a display of the 58 illuminated Choir books that were in use in the cathedral until 1930: graduals, antiphonaries and vesperals, carried out on parchment between 1508 and 1530 but unfortunately seriously damaged in the flood of 1966.
  • Two glass showcases at the center of the room protect some illuminated incunables: missals, antiphonaries, graduals and vesperals.

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Syllabification: ves·per·al

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