• WordNet 3.6
    • n vesper a late afternoon or evening worship service
    • n Vesper a planet (usually Venus) seen at sunset in the western sky
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As specified by the Christian church, the canonical hours are matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline.
    • a Vesper Of or pertaining to the evening, or to the service of vespers; as, a vesper hymn; vesper bells.
    • n Vesper vĕs"pẽr The evening star; Hesper; Venus, when seen after sunset; hence, the evening.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The monastic hours are matins, lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers and compline.
    • n vesper A vesper hymn or song.
    • n vesper 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 vesper 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. The observance of this hour is mentioned in the third century by St. Cyprian. The chief features of the Western vespers, besides the psalms and varying hymn. are the Magnificat and the collect for the day. The chief features of the Greek vespers (ἑσπερινός) are the psalms, the ancient hymn “Joyful Light,” the prokeimenon, and the Nunc Dimittis. The old English name for vespers is even-song. The Anglican public evening prayer, also called even-song, is mainly a combination and condensation of the Sarum vespers and complin, the part of the office from the first Lord's Prayer to the Magnificat inclusive representing vespers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vesper ves′pėr the evening star, Venus: the evening:
    • n Vesper ves′pėr (pl.) the last but one of the seven canonical hours: evensong, evening service generally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., the evening, the evening star, the west; akin to Gr. "e`speros "espe`ra, and perhaps to E. west,. Cf. Hesperian Vespers
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.; Gr. hesperos.


In literature:

Vespers = Vespera Diservo.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
Avoid the causeway after vespers.
"The House of Walderne" by A. D. Crake
Bessie attended the Protestant ordinances at stated seasons, and went to vespers and benediction besides.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
They put the Death at an open window that all the people when they go to vespers may see it.
"Ancient Art and Ritual" by Jane Ellen Harrison
His Majesty will not return till vespers.
"Beatrix of Clare" by John Reed Scott
In the afternoon, after vespers, the catechism was explained by the fathers.
"The Makers of Canada: Champlain" by N. E. Dionne
He answered them simply: 'It is mass, vespers, and the benediction.
"The Makers of Canada: Bishop Laval" by A. Leblond de Brumath
The song came to him as clear and sweet as the notes of a vesper bell wandering in miles of silence.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
He always smiled on the three grave little figures, waiting so patiently for the music of his vesper hymns.
"Ole Mammy's Torment" by Annie Fellows Johnston
He met her coming back from vespers, and she greeted him graciously, and they talked of this matter and of that.
"The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. I. (of V.)" by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre

In poetry:

"Another day, at vesper chime,
They laid him low to sleep,
And always at that fated hour
I kneel to pray and weep.
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Nor pleased me more, in autumn gray,
Upon the hill-side lone,
The cheerful vesper-bell, or light
Of the departing sun.
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
And naught was real, or near or far,
And yet I have the memory
Of twilight, and the vesper star,
Hung o'er the lilac sea.
"The Lilac Sea" by Clinton Scollard
We buried her, as she had asked,
Just at the vesper chime;
The sunbeams seemed to stay their flight,
So holy was the time.
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
How sweet and clear, how soft and low
Those vesper orisons are sung,
In Rome's grand speech of long ago,
Forever old, forever young!
"Acqua Fredda" by John Lawson Stoddard
Men said at vespers: "All is well!"
In one wild night the city fell;
Fell shrines of prayer and marts of gain
Before the fiery hurricane.
"Chicago" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Annual vesper service brings many together.
Ben + Vesper "Hot Thunder".
Weathervane Music and WXPN announce the seventh Shaking Through artist of 2010: Ben + Vesper with their new track "Hot Thunder".
Hurlbut Community Church in Chautauqua Institution will present "Pot Luck Worship" at its Midweek Vesper worship service on Wednesday.
CHAUTAUQUA — Hurlbut Community Church in Chautauqua Institution will present "Pot Luck Worship" at its Midweek Vesper worship service on Wednesday.
Hurlbut Community Church in Chautauqua Institution will feature special guests Old Dawg Bluegrass at its "Midweek Vespers " worship service Wednesday.
The Vespers perform folk-inspired bluegrass at the 3rd annual International Newgrass Festival.
The Santa Fe Desert Chorale Performs Rachmaninoff's " Vespers ".
Hurlbut Community Church in Chautauqua Institution will feature special guest Will Lowry at its "Midweek Vespers " worship service, Wednesday, March 16.
For Stephens College's Vespers , silence is golden.
That's the idea behind Vespers , also known as Stephens Unplugged.
Christmas Vespers & Candlelight Dinner a Special Event at Community Church.
Recently, the Garden City Community Church was filled to capacity with the Christmas Vespers & Candlelight Dinner Program.
Johnson to participate in Advent vespers Brook C.E.
Vesper Choir welcomes new assistant conductor , releases performance schedule.