Compline meaning

-plĭn
The last of the canonical hours, recited or sung just before retiring.
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The time of day appointed for this service.
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The last of the seven canonical hours; night prayer.
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The last of the canonical hours, sung just before retiring.
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Origin of compline

  • Middle 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 complete
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French complie.
    From Wiktionary