- matins canonical hour, mid-13c., from O.Fr. matines (12c.), from L.L. matutinas (nom. matutinæ) "morning prayers," originally matutinas vigilias "morning watches," from L. matutinus "of or in the morning," associated with Matuta, Roman dawn goddess (see MANANA (Cf. manana)). The Old English word was uht-sang, from uhte "daybreak."
Etymology dictionary. 2014.