canonical hour

noun

Definition of canonical hour

1 : a time of day canonically appointed for an office of devotion
2 : one of the daily offices of devotion that compose the Divine Office and include matins with lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline

First Known Use of canonical hour

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Canonical hour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canonical%20hour. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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