noc·​turn ˈnäk-ˌtərn How to pronounce nocturn (audio)
: a principal division of the office of matins

Word History


Middle English nocturne, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin nocturnus, going back to Latin, feminine of nocturnus "of the night" — more at nocturnal

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Nocturn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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