ves·​pers | \ ˈve-spərz How to pronounce vespers (audio) \

Definition of vespers

1 : the sixth of the canonical hours that is said or sung in the late afternoon
2 : a service of evening worship

First Known Use of vespers

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vespers

Anglo-French vespres, from Medieval Latin vesperae, from Latin, plural of vespera evening; akin to Latin vesper evening star

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“Vespers.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vespers

: an evening prayer service in some Christian churches


noun plural, often capitalized
ves·​pers | \ ˈve-spərz How to pronounce vespers (audio) \

Kids Definition of vespers

: a late afternoon or evening church service

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