the last of the seven canonical hours; night prayer
also com′plines or com′plins
Origin of complineMiddle English compli(n) ; from Old French complie ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin completa (hora), completed (hour) ; from Classical Latin completus: see complete
or Com·pline also com·plin or Com·plin
- The last of the canonical hours, recited or sung just before retiring.
- The time of day appointed for this service.
Origin of complineMiddle English, alteration (probably influenced by matines, matins) of compli, from Old French complie, from Medieval Latin (h&omacron;ra) compl&emacron;ta, final (hour), from Latin compl&emacron;tus, past participle of compl&emacron;re, to complete; see complete.
- the last of the canonical hours, sung just before retiring
From Old French complie.