A service of evening prayers forming part of the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, traditionally said (or chanted) before retiring for the night.
More example sentences
- The 30-minute worship draws upon an Anglican prayer service from New Zealand, Lutheran or Episcopal compline, and Holden Evening Prayer.
- I cannot be concentrating on reciting lauds and compline at church, or on private prayers at home, and at the same time fully attend to my granddaughter's emotional needs - or talk over some thorny bioethical question with my husband.
- So begins one of my favorite prayers, from the service for compline in the Episcopal prayer book.
Middle English: from Old French complie, feminine past participle of obsolete complir 'to complete', from Latin complere 'fill up' (see complete). The ending -ine was probably influenced by Old French matines 'matins'.
Definition of compline in:
- The British & World English dictionary