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ves·​per ˈve-spər How to pronounce vesper (audio)
: a vesper bell
capitalized archaic : evening star
archaic : evening, eventide


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: of or relating to vespers or the evening

Examples of vesper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
According to Francisco, the composers represented no less than 30 print collections of solo songs, cantatas, motets, polyphonic works, settings for psalms and masses, a magnificat, a vespers service, a dozen sonatas, and scores for nine operas and other staged works. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 What: Interfaith vesper hour with guest speaker Kenneth L. Parker, with a reception to follow. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 9 Jan. 2024 Everyone has their own take on the classic cocktail; ours at Saint Theo's is a combination between a vesper and a smooth, dry martini. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 7 June 2022 The reservoir host is the large vesper mouse, a forest rodent that also favors human habitats. Alberto Lucas LÓpez, National Geographic, 17 June 2021 Cocktails run to classics popular in the '60s, including mai tai, vesper, rye Manhattan and sidecar cocktails. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Dec. 2021 An American golden-plover in Winthrop, a pileated woodpecker at the Stony Brook Reservation, a Wilson’s warbler at McLaughlin Woods in the Mission Hill area, and a vesper sparrow at Millennium Park in West Roxbury. Isabela Rocha,, 12 Nov. 2022 After refueling yourself with a pizza-like flammkuchen, or a vesper plate of local ham, sausages and Bibbeles Käs, a regional cottage cheese, indulge in a piece of Schwarzwälder Kirschschnitte. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 17 June 2022 Interfaith vesper hour with guest speaker Aftab Pureval and music by the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Nouveau Chamber Players. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 10 Jan. 2022

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1791, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Vesper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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