• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Vesperal Vesper; evening.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: As specified by the Christian church, the canonical hours are matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline.
    • vesperal Relating to the evening or to vespers.
    • n vesperal That part of the antiphonarium which contains the chants for vespers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The monastic hours are matins, lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers and compline.
    • adj Vesperal pertaining to the evening or to vespers
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.; Gr. hesperos.


In literature:

It was in such a softened mood that she sat alone in church one Sunday afternoon at vespers.
"Polly Oliver's Problem" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
The vesper bell will be ringing by now.
"The Secret Chamber at Chad" by Evelyn Everett-Green
A bell for vespers began to ring forth, and the traveller was glad enough to think his toilsome journey nearly at an end.
"In the Wars of the Roses" by Evelyn Everett-Green
The brethren rose up with still faces and happy, and the vespers were over.
"A Sea Queen's Sailing" by Charles Whistler
You must go with us to-night to vespers.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
At vespers Estuniga and Juan Fabla were armed and the judges examined their arms, and although Fabla had the better horse, they let it pass.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XXVI., December, 1880." by Various
She did not think of religion once during the hours of mass, nor during those of vespers.
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
The birds stopped twittering their vesper songs, and huddled fearfully in their shelters.
"Then Marched the Brave" by Harriet T. Comstock
Vespers heard, they went to supper, and after having played a thousand sports in the meadow they retired to bed.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
They arrive in the village on the evening before, and hear vespers.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz

In poetry:

Ye gently-falling dews! whose mist
Now wraps the twilight world around,
Ere darkness is the sovereign, list!
And join devotion's vesper sound.
"Evening Hymn" by John Bowring
God bless that mission! may it prosper
And spread its wings o'er land and seas,
Till like the gentle dews of vesper,
Its joys are felt in every breeze.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
"Tis ev'ning now! " —the vesper-star
With smiles of beauty glads the sky,
And breathings from the light guitar,
Are blending with the minstrel's sigh.
"Venice" by Eliza Acton
The day doth verge with all its secret care,
The thrush is lilting vespers on the thorn;
In Nature's inner heart seems to be born
A sweet serenity; and over there
"April Evening: France, 1916" by John William Streets
Robin is a singer; sweet and pure and clear
Are the notes he warbles from his covert near;
Softly, oh! how softly, at the sunset's glow
Does he chant his vespers, plaintive, sweet, and low.
"Amityville" by Jared Barhite
The birds will soon their carols cease,
And crows are homeward hieing;
The gloaming deepens, stars increase,
The weary day is dying -
Its requiem, murmurous of peace,
The vesper winds are, sighing.
"When The Light Is As Darkness" by Harry Breaker Morant

In news:

Hurlbut Community Church in Chautauqua Institution will feature special guests Ezekiel 's Wheel at the premiere of its "Midweek Vespers" worship service on Wednesday.
The Santa Fe Desert Chorale Performs Rachmaninoff 's "Vespers".
Vesper Choir welcomes new assistant conductor, releases performance schedule.
Recalling the Vesper Club's 'Mad Men' days.
Islander Jim Swartz steers Vesper to victory in San Francisco.
UAPB Vesper Choir members to perform with HBCU National Choir.
There have been several new additions to the Morgan County News and Jennifer Vesper is one of them.
New Classical Tracks - 1612 Italian Vespers Bonus Content.
Hurlbut Community Church in Chautauqua Institution will once again feature special guest Amanda Barton at its "Midweek Vespers " worship service, Wednesday, April 18.
After Handel's Vesper , excerpt.
Vespers service combines faith and song.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves after leading the Vesper prayer with members of Rome's universities on December 1, 2012 at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican.
A 19-year-old Marine from the tiny Wood County community of Vesper has been killed in Iraq .
Islander Jim Swartz steers Vesper to victory in San Francisco.
Vesper Choir to perform ' Messiah ' with Arkansas Choral Society.