Definition of vespers in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈvɛspəz


  • 1A service of evening prayer in the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church (sometimes said earlier in the day).
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    • After vespers (an evening service), the celebration continues outside the church.
    • Very few people, even inside the church, know what vespers really means.
    • Luckier still, we might find a vespers service at 7 p.m., and a much anticipated pilgrims' meal in a local restaurant.
  • 1.1A service of evening prayer in other churches.


late 15th century: from Old French vespres 'evensong', from Latin vesperas (accusative plural), on the pattern of matutinas 'matins'.

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