Matins meaning

mătnz
Together with lauds, the earliest of the canonical hours; normally at sunrise, but often earlier.
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Origin of matins

  • Middle English matines from Old French from Medieval Latin (vigiliae) mātūtīnae morning (vigils) feminine pl. of Latin mātūtīnus of the morning from Mātūta goddess of dawn mā-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition