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

  • n. A bell that summons worshipers to vespers.
  • n. The evening star, especially Venus.
  • n. Archaic Evening.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The bell that summons worshipers to vespers; the vesper-bell
  • n. evening

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

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

  • n. a late afternoon or evening worship service
  • n. a planet (usually Venus) seen at sunset in the western sky

Etymologies

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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