Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or occurring in the morning; early.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the morning; early.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the morning; coming or occurring early in the day: as, a matutinal bath.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. pertaining to or occurring in the morning

Etymologies

Late Latin mātūtīnālis, from Latin mātūtīnus; see matins.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin mātūtīnālis, “belonging to the early morning”, from Latin mātūtīnus, “of or pertaining to the morning” (from Mātūta, Roman goddess of the dawn + -īnus, “-ine”) + -ālis, “-al”. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Let there be light, and there was a sort of matutinal, * glowing phenomenon that slowly transfused, etc.

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  • These matutinal excursions were planned on the preceding evening.

    Les Miserables

  • The next morning Rastignac woke late and stayed in bed, giving himself up to one of those matutinal reveries in the course of which a young man glides like a sylph under many a silken, or cashmere, or cotton drapery.

    Study of a Woman

  • “To see something,” answered Grandet, not duped by the matutinal appearance of his friend.

    Eug�nie Grandet

  • Sauf bien sur quand ca concerne une heure precieuse de sommeil gaché par un reveil matutinal précoce!!

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Pen, putting on his hat, strode forth into the air, and almost over the body of the matutinal housemaid, who was rubbing the steps at the door.

    The History of Pendennis

  • The stewards began preparing breakfast with that matutinal eagerness which they always show.

    The Kickleburys on the Rhine

  • I slept a bit earlier than the other two, but was nevertheless surprised to come down the next morning at the advanced hour of 10:30 and not even see the normally-matutinal D downstairs she'd got up earlier and then gone back to bed for an unexpectedly-prolonged snooze.

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  • Mr Robarts escaped to the Dragon of Wantly, partly because he had had enough of the matutinal Mrs Proudie, and partly also in order that he might hurry his friends there.

    Framley Parsonage

  • Let any plainest man who reads this think of his usual mode of getting himself into is matutinal garments, and confess how much such a struggle would cost him.

    Framley Parsonage

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  • p.45 de Fixer des vertiges. Les photographies de Willy Ronis

    February 28, 2008

  • About someone impeccably clean-shaven: "He spoke, as to cheek and chin, of the joy of the matutinal steel." - Alan Hollinghurst, in The Line of Beauty, riffing on Henry James.

    December 5, 2007

  • MATUTINAL, pertaining to the morning, early. (L.) Matutinal
    is in Blount's Gloss., ed. 1674 ; mainline in Kersey, ed. 1715.—
    Lat. matutinalis, belonging to the morning ; formed with suffix -alis
    from matiitin-us, belonging to the morning ; see further under
    Matins.

    July 29, 2007