Antelucan

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Antelucan Held or being before light; -- a word applied to assemblies of Christians, in ancient times of persecution, held before light in the morning. "Antelucan worship."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • antelucan Occurring before daylight; preceding the dawn. Specifically applied to assemblies of Christians held in ancient times before daylight, at first to escape persecution, and afterward from motives of devotion or convenience.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Antelucan an-te-lōō′kan before dawn or daylight.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. antelucanus,; ante, + lux, light
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. antelucanusante, before, lux, luc-is, light.