any of the divisions of the office of matins
Origin of nocturnMiddle English nocturne ; from Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin nocturna ; from Classical Latin nocturnus: see nocturnal
Any of the three canonical divisions of the office of matins.
Origin of nocturnMiddle English nocturne, from Medieval Latin nocturna, from Latin, feminine of nocturnus, of the night; see nocturnal.
- The night office of the Christian Liturgy of the Hours, such as is performed in christian monasteries.