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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A vesper hymn or song.
  • noun The evening star, a name given to the planet Venus when she is east of the sun and appears after sunset; hence, the evening.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The evening star; Hesper; Venus, when seen after sunset; hence, the evening.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the evening, or to the service of vespers.
  • adjective the grass finch. See under Grass.

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

  • noun The bell that summons worshipers to vespers; the vesper-bell
  • noun poetic evening

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, evening star, from Latin, evening; see wes-pero- in Indo-European roots.]

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