plural nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
- Ecclesiastical a. The sixth of the seven canonical hours.b. A worship service held in the late afternoon or evening in many Western Christian churches.c. The time of day appointed for this service.
- Roman Catholic Church A service held on Sundays or holy days that includes the office of vespers.
Origin of vespersObsolete French vespres from Old French from Medieval Latin vesperās evening service from Latin accusative pl. of vespera evening variant of vesper ; see vesper .