Definition of Nocturn

1. n. An office of devotion, or act of religious service, by night.

Definition of Nocturn

1. Noun. The night office of the Christian Liturgy of the Hours, such as is performed in christian monasteries. ¹

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Definition of Nocturn

1. a religious service [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nocturn

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nocturn (current term)
nocturnal amblyopia
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nocturnal diarrhoea
nocturnal dyspnea
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Literary usage of Nocturn

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1. A Commentary on the Psalms: From Primitive and Mediaeval Writers and from by John Mason Neale, Richard Frederick Littledale (1869)
"In the Vigils of the First Cock-crow; I. nocturn, Psalm Gregorian 8, 19, 45. ... nocturn,, 16, 20. . 16. This seems to be the oldest classification of the ..."

2. The Bosworth Psalter: An Account of a Manuscript Formerly Belonging to O by Francis Aidan Gasquet, Edmund Bishop, Leslie Alexander St. Lawrence Toke (1908)
"THE CANTICLES FOR THE THIRD nocturn SAINT Benedict in his Rule (cap. xi.) directs that when the Matins are said with three nocturns, after the close of the ..."

3. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities: Comprising the History, Institutions by William Smith, Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"On Monday, at matins, in nocturn 1 :—32 [33], 33 [34], 34 [35], 36 [37] (said in two parte, ... [68, vv. 1-18], 67 (pt.) [68, ver. 19 to end]. In nocturn 2 ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The first nocturn has always Scriptural lessons—those of the scriptura ... The second nocturn has lessons from a Father of the Church, here called sermo, ..."

5. The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by Various Writers by Thomas Humphry Ward (1917)
"LOVE'S nocturn. Master of the murmuring courts Where the shapes of sleep convene !- Lo ! my spirit here exhorts All the powers of thy demesne For their aid ..."

6. A Commentary on the Psalms from Primitive and Mediæval Writers: And from the by John Mason Neale, Richard Frederick Littledale, Miles Coverdale (1884)
"nocturn, Psalm 75, 97, 99. In the Vigils of the First Cock-crow. ... Ill nocturn,, 16, 20. 16. This seems to be the oldest classification of the Psalms ..."

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