Definition of matins in English:

matins

(British mattins)

noun

  • 1A service of morning prayer in various churches, especially the Anglican Church.

    • ‘Morning prayer, known as matins, and evening prayer, known as vespers or evensong, are most common.’
    • ‘Most importantly they had to pray seven times a day from the matins in the early morning to the vespers in the evening.’
    • ‘Shrouded by early morning mists, cloaked in oak and beech woods that echo with the sound of matin bells and Gregorian chant, these venerable ruins bring the most distant history to life.’
    • ‘Two of the pieces we will chant are pulieli which are sung within the matins, with each verse followed by Alleluia.’
    • ‘It was a Sunday and from modern village far below, the silence was broken by a single male, bass voice chanting: the village priest at his matins.’
    religious worship, worship, religious observance
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    1. 1.1A service forming part of the traditional Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, originally said (or chanted) at or after midnight, but historically often held with lauds on the previous evening.
    2. 1.2literary The morning song of birds.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French matines, plural (influenced by ecclesiastical Latin matutinae morning prayers) of matin morning from Latin matutinum, neuter of matutinus early in the morning from Matuta, the name of the dawn goddess.

Pronunciation:

matins

/ˈmatnz/