noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Middle English compline, complie, from Anglo-French cumplie, modification of Late Latin completa, from Latin, feminine of completus complete Date: 13th century the seventh and last of the canonical hours

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  • compline — noun the last of the canonical hours, sung just before retiring …   Wiktionary

  • Compline — See Horarium …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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