noun(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
- a. Ecclesiastical The office that formerly constituted together with lauds the first of the seven canonical hours.b. The time of day appointed for this service, traditionally midnight or 2 AM but often sunrise.
- often Matins See Morning Prayer.
Origin of matinsMiddle English matines, from Old French, from Medieval Latin (vigiliae) mat&umacron;t&imacron;nae, morning (vigils), feminine pl. of Latin mat&umacron;t&imacron;nus, of the morning, from Mat&umacron;ta, goddess of dawn; see ma-1 in Indo-European roots.