mat·​ins | \ ˈma-tᵊnz How to pronounce matins (audio) \

Definition of matins

1 : 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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First Known Use of matins

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for matins

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

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“Matins.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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