American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A daily evening service in the Anglican Church. Also called Evening Prayer.
- n. Roman Catholic Church A service that includes the office of Vespers. No longer in ecclesiastical use.
- n. A song sung in the evening.
- n. Archaic Evening.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Anglican Ch., a form of worship appointed to be said or sung at evening. Known as vespers in the Roman Catholic Church.
- n. A song or hymn sung at evening.
- n. The time of even-song; evening.
- n. Also evening-song.
- n. A religious service, most commonly seen in the Anglican or Episcopal Church, that takes place in the early hours of the evening.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A song for the evening; the evening service or form of worship (in the Church of England including vespers and compline); also, the time of evensong.
- n. (Anglican Church) a daily evening service with prayers prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer
- n. the sixth of the seven canonical hours of the divine office; early evening; now often made a public service on Sundays
“At 7 p.m. we'll have a choral evensong, which is designed for congregation participation," Chapman said.”
“There is a melancholy in the modern world which looks with nostalgia to the days when magic ruled the world, and sunrise was a time of aubade, dusk a time for the canticles of evensong, when the elfin ships can be glimpsed by those with second sight against the fiery clouds, setting sail away from the mortal shores for worlds beyond the sunset, beyond the seas we know.”
“I hadn't realised that Tony, who was born into a church family, always attended evensong at St Mary Abbots in Kensington, London, where his father had worked.”
“Or that nobody who is good at sports ought to be "morally upright" iow, not sleep with team-mates wives, girlfriends or partners, or swear gratuitously on every occasion or enjoy a decent choral evensong?”
“When the shadows dip behind a churchyard somewhere in England's shires, it would be no surprise to glimpse David Gower on his way to evensong with Sebastian Coe and Tim Henman.”
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“With the right wind, he might one day hear the evensong of the bailiffs, wrestling with protesters, ripping down their tents.”
“I have BBC Radio 3 broadcasting choral evensong on while a student comes to discuss her long essay.”
“Hours of 13.5 tog murders pondered amid snoozing spires and the distant peal of pre-recorded evensong.”
“Stranger still was his admission that he had been to evensong in Hereford Cathedral the previous evening and had met fellow atheist Christopher Grayling as he left.”
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