from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A daily evening service in the Anglican Church.
  • noun Roman Catholic Church A service that includes the office of Vespers. No longer in ecclesiastical use.
  • noun A song sung in the evening.
  • noun Archaic Evening.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the Anglican Ch., a form of worship appointed to be said or sung at evening. Known as vespers in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • noun A song or hymn sung at evening.
  • noun The time of even-song; evening.
  • noun Also evening-song.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A religious service, most commonly seen in the Anglican or Episcopal Church, that takes place in the early hours of the evening.

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

  • noun (Anglican Church) a daily evening service with prayers prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer
  • noun the sixth of the seven canonical hours of the divine office; early evening; now often made a public service on Sundays


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