from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Ecclesiastical The sixth of the seven canonical hours.
- n.pl. Ecclesiastical A worship service held in the late afternoon or evening in many Western Christian churches.
- n.pl. Ecclesiastical The time of day appointed for this service.
- n.pl. Evensong.
- n.pl. Roman Catholic Church A service held on Sundays or holy days that includes the office of vespers.
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- n. The sixth of the seven canonical hours
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. One of the little hours of the Breviary.
- n.pl. The evening song or service.
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- n. the sixth of the seven canonical hours of the divine office; early evening; now often made a public service on Sundays
Obsolete French vespres, from Old French, from Medieval Latin vesperās, evening service, from Latin, accusative pl. of vespera, evening, variant of vesper; see vesper.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)