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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

Example Sentences

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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 Bristol County: The region hosted a Eurasian wigeon at The Sawmill in Acushnet, a yellow-breasted chat at Victory Park in New Bedford, and a vesper sparrow and a Lincoln’s sparrow at the Noquochoke Wildlife Area in Dartmouth., 28 Nov. 2021 Throat and fecal swabs were collected from six different species of horseshoe and vesper bats. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2021 The prairie is home to rare grassland bird species including bobolinks, meadowlarks, dickcissels and vesper sparrows — all species of special concern in Wisconsin; and upland sandpipers, a state threatened species. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Aug. 2021 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, 28 Apr. 2020 There was a vesper sparrow on Division Road in Dartmouth and two on Horseneck Road in Westport., 19 Jan. 2020 See More

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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 1 Dec. 2022.

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