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

Examples of vesper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Vespertilian refers to bats, which come out at dusk, when the evening star (Vesperus) appears and when monks say their evening prayers (vespers). Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "“A Way with Words” Is “Car Talk” for Lexiphiles," 28 Apr. 2020 There was a vesper sparrow on Division Road in Dartmouth and two on Horseneck Road in Westport., "Bird sightings," 19 Jan. 2020 Other highlights included a prairie warbler, a common yellowthroat, a rusty blackbird, and 3 yellow-bellied sapsuckers in Wellfleet, and a vesper sparrow in Truro., "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 14 Jan. 2020 There was a vesper sparrow at Mass. Audubon’s Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary., "Bird sightings - The Boston Globe," 24 Nov. 2019 Miscellaneous: Among sightings were a Eurasian wigeon in Broad Cove in Somerset, a vesper sparrow off of Bakerville Road in Dartmouth, and a common redpoll at the Thoreau School Riverwalk in West Concord., "Most read on," 10 Nov. 2019 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

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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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“Vesper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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