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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to matins or to the early part of the day.

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  • adj. of or relating to matins

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the morning, or to matins; used in the morning; matutinal.
  • n. A French mastiff.
  • n. Morning.
  • n. Morning worship or service; morning prayers or songs.
  • n. Time of morning service; the first canonical hour in the Roman Catholic Church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Morning.
  • n. plural One of the canonical hours appointed in the early church, and still observed in the Roman Catholic Church, especially in monastic orders.
  • n. Morning worship, as sung; hence, any morning song: usually in the plural.
  • n. plural A musical setting of any part of the office of matins.
  • Pertaining to the morning; used in the morning.
  • n. A French breed of large dogs, somewhat resembling the great Dane, but rough-coated; also used to some extent for sheep-dogs. Also mâtin-dog.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, sing. of matines, matins; see matins.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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