mat·​ins ˈma-tᵊnz How to pronounce matins (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
often capitalized
: the night office forming with lauds the first of the canonical hours

Examples of matins in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along with the wreath and Advent calendars packed with little chocolates, another Hungarian tradition during Advent are the matins. Forrest Brown, CNN, 27 Nov. 2021

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Word History


Middle English matines, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin matutinae, from Latin, feminine plural of matutinus

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of matins was in the 14th century

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“Matins.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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noun plural
mat·​ins ˈmat-ᵊnz How to pronounce matins (audio)
often capitalized
: special prayers said between midnight and 4 a.m.
: a service of morning prayer

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