nocturne (c.1200)

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nocturne (c.1200)

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[ FEW: 7,163b nocturnus; Gdf: 5,508b nocturne; GdfC: 10,205a nocturne; TL: 6,691 nocturne; DEAF: ; DMF:  nocturne; TLF:  nocturne; OED:  nocturn; MED:  nocturne; DMLBS: 1921c nocturnus ]

The adjectival use of nocturne, meaning ‘of the night’ (see DMF and DMLBS) does not seem to be attested in A-N, and only its use as a substantive in a liturgical context is found.

The synonyms nocturne, nocturnel, nuital and nuiturnel all represent different stages of the development of Latin nocturnus and nocturnalis into French.

Nobel’s alternative interpretation of the word in Anc Test as referring to the office of matins itself (see Anc Test ii 326-27 and 537) appears unnecessary.


1eccl.liturgicalnocturn, a group of prayers and readings (including three Psalms) that form part of the office of matins
( c.1200; MS: s.xiii3/4 )  As fiz Jacob que sunt vers eus grusçant Pur ceo qu'il n'unt de l'ewe a lur talant: Ce sunt les ewes de contradiccion, El setme nocturne (=the nocturn of the seventh day of the week) del salter le trovum  (B) 2803
( s.xiiiex; MS: 1307-15 )  Quant vus avez versalié tant sur vostre sauter ke il vus greve, dites une nocturne  35.5
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