compline

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

Definition of compline

: the seventh and last of the canonical hours

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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compline. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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