[oftenC-] 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 (hōra) complēta final (hour) from Latin complētus past participle of complēre to complete ; see complete .
- the last of the canonical hours, sung just before retiring
From Old French complie.