ves·​per | \ ˈve-spər How to pronounce vesper (audio) \

Definition of vesper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a vesper bell
2 capitalized, archaic : evening star
3 archaic : evening, eventide



Definition of vesper (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to vespers or the evening

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In Quebec City, the 17th-century monastery Le Monastère des Augustines provides rooms in the original cloister, breakfast served in silence, workshops in painting and opportunities to hear the nuns singing vespers. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Your Next Trip Might Change Your Life," 1 June 2018 The Everetts painted the exterior white with trim in teal, gray and vesper violet. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "A classsic reborn," 1 June 2018 Every evening at vespers, a different image of the incarnation is invoked. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "KC Symphony rolls out the Christmas cheer," 10 Dec. 2017 The evening begins at 6 p.m. with vespers in the Abbey Church with the Benedictine monks and the Schola Cantorum. Nola Community Submission,, "St. Joseph's Abbey preps for Oct. 28 'Deo Gratias' fundraiser," 17 Oct. 2017 The program for the 10-year anniversary pilgrimage began with chanted hymn at the start of the conference and ended with vespers Thursday evening celebrated by Benedict’s longtime secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein. Washington Post, "Latin Mass fans celebrate 10-year anniversary — without pope," 14 Sep. 2017 Full of quotations from his previous works, and from the Russian Orthodox vespers, the score suggests a return to Russia and to the past. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "Review: Liam Scarlett’s ‘Symphonic Dances’ Celebrates a Ballerina," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of vesper


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vesper


Middle English, from Latin, evening, evening star — more at west

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