compline


noun Ecclesiastical.

  1. the last of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it, originally occurring after the evening meal but now usually following immediately upon vespers.

noun

  1. RC Church the last of the seven canonical hours of the divine office
n.

the last canonical service of the day, early 13c., cumplie, compelin, from Old French complie (12c.), from Latin completa (hora), from completus (see complete (adj.)); with unexplained -n-.

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