American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bell that summons worshipers to vespers.
- n. The evening star, especially Venus.
- n. Archaic Evening.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vesper hymn or song.
- n. The evening star, a name given to the planet Venus when she is east of the sun and appears after sunset; hence, the evening.
- n. plural [⟨ LL. vespera, ML. vesperæ, ⟨ vespera, evening.] In the Roman Catholic and Greek churches, and in religious houses and as a devotional office in the Anglican Church, the sixth or next to the last of the canonical hours. The observance of this hour is mentioned in the third century by St. Cyprian. The chief features of the Western vespers, besides the psalms and varying hymn. are the Magnificat and the collect for the day. The chief features of the Greek vespers (
ἑσπερινός) are the psalms, the ancient hymn “Joyful Light,” the prokeimenon, and the Nunc Dimittis. The old English name for vespers is even-song. The Anglican public evening prayer, also called even-song, is mainly a combination and condensation of the Sarum vespers and complin, the part of the office from the first Lord's Prayer to the Magnificat inclusive representing vespers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The evening star; Hesper; Venus, when seen after sunset; hence, the evening.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the evening, or to the service of vespers.
- n. a late afternoon or evening worship service
- n. a planet (usually Venus) seen at sunset in the western sky
- Middle English, evening star, from Latin, evening; see wes-pero- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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