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lauds Line breaks: lauds
Pronunciation: /lɔːdz/

Definition of lauds in English:


A service of morning prayer in the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, traditionally said or chanted at daybreak, though historically it was often held with matins on the previous night: from the abbey church we could hear the faint chanting of lauds
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  • The rhythm of my days goes slower now: matins and lauds, vespers and compline.
  • The office is a pattern of nonsacramental prayer services that are celebrated at regular times of the day or night, primarily lauds in the morning and vespers at night.
  • He notes that Philip loved to read the lauds of Jacopone of Todi, a thirteenth-century Franciscan poet.


Middle English: from the frequent use, in Psalms 148–150, of the Latin imperative laudate! 'praise ye!' (see also laud).

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