noun, often capitalized
com·​pline | \ ˈkäm-plən How to pronounce compline (audio) , -ˌplīn \

Definition of compline

: the seventh and last of the canonical hours

Examples of compline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The day ends with a prayer at 9 P.M., called compline, after which followers are encouraged to rest until the morning. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "The Loneliest Holy Week Ever," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of compline

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for compline

Middle English compline, complie, from Anglo-French cumplie, modification of Late Latin completa, from Latin, feminine of completus complete

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“Compline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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