Definition of matins noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also mattins) noun
BrE BrE//ˈmætɪnz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætnz//
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the service of morning prayer, especially in the Anglican Church compare evensong, vespers Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French matines, plural (influenced by Church 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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