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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. (Anglican Church) a daily evening service with prayers prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer
  • n. 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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    January 22, 2013

  • See evening song.

    July 30, 2010

  • Even song will draw non-believers into churches.

    December 24, 2007

  • mornsong?

    July 11, 2007

  • Thanks, seanahan! I'm adding your word to my Oddball Opposites list. :-)

    July 8, 2007

  • This is ripe for an oddsong joke.

    July 8, 2007