One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or occurring in the morning.
- ‘Periodically, sleeping is a duty: Anna Livia Plurabelle, in her final monologue spoken amid the matutinal awakening of Finnegans Wake, refers to sleeping beauties as ‘sleeping duties’ that she is reluctant to disturb.’
- ‘One can only trust that the matutinal fare provided by the proprietors is of a less homicide-provocative kind - no mutton broth - than that borne forth from Bridget Sullivan's kitchen that bloodstained Thursday morning 108 years ago.’
Mid 16th century: from late Latin matutinalis, from Latin matutinus ‘early’.
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