Definition of nocturn in English:


Syllabification: noc·turn
Pronunciation: /ˈnäktərn


(In the Roman Catholic Church) a part of matins originally said at night.
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  • The observance of nocturns in winter is dealt with in the Benedictine Rule, Chapters 8-9.
  • Each of the three nocturns includes three sets of antiphons and psalms; a versicle and response; a time for silent prayer; and three lessons, each followed by a responsory.
  • Matins on important feasts and Sundays had three nocturns, while less important feasts and weekdays had only two nocturns.


Middle English: from Old French nocturne or ecclesiastical Latin nocturnum, neuter of Latin nocturnus 'of the night'.

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