nounused 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) mātūtīnae morning (vigils) feminine pl. of Latin mātūtīnus of the morning from Mātūta goddess of dawn ; see mā-1 in Indo-European roots.