Definition of matins in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmatnz/
(British also mattins)


1A service of morning prayer in various churches, especially the Anglican Church.
Example sentences
  • Morning prayer, known as matins, and evening prayer, known as vespers or evensong, are most common.
  • Most importantly they had to pray seven times a day from the matins in the early morning to the vespers in the evening.
  • Shrouded by early morning mists, cloaked in oak and beech woods that echo with the sound of matin bells and Gregorian chant, these venerable ruins bring the most distant history to life.
1.1A service forming part of the traditional Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, originally said (or chanted) at or after midnight, but historically often held with lauds on the previous evening.
1.2 (also matin) literary The morning song of birds.


Middle English: from Old French matines, plural (influenced by ecclesiastical Latin matutinae 'morning prayers') of matin 'morning', from Latin matutinum, neuter of matutinus 'early in the morning', from Matuta, the name of the dawn goddess.

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Syllabification: mat·ins

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