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

Examples of vespers in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As well as hymns, a motet and a sermon, the solemn vespers would include a gigantic two-part oratorio composed by the church’s Cantor—the director of music—with a text taken from St. Matthew’s gospel. Boyd Tonkin, WSJ, 14 Apr. 2022 Both the vespers and funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Cleveland’s website. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 22 Sep. 2021

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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 20 Aug. 2022.

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noun plural, often capitalized
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Kids Definition of vespers

: a late afternoon or evening church service

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