Word o’ the Day

Word of the Day for Tuesday April 26, 2005

matutinal muh-TOOT-n-uhl, adjective:
Relating to or occurring in the morning; early.

Get up early and wash your face in the matutinal May Day
dew; it will make your skin beautiful and your heart pure.
–Ray Murphy, “Hurray, Hurray the Month of May,” [1]Boston
Globe, April 28, 1988

We had to rehearse at an hour at which no actor or actress
has been out of bed within the memory of man; and we
sardonically congratulated one another every morning on our
rosy matutinal looks and the improvement wrought by our
early rising in our health and characters.
–George Bernard Shaw, “The Author’s Apology,” [2]Mrs.
Warren’s Profession

Harry Truman, was — like Winston Churchill — known to
take a matutinal shot of whisky. He did it after his
regular very vigorous early-morning walk.
–R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., “Plainly presidential,” [3]The
Washington Times, January 18, 2002
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Matutinal is from Late Latin matutinalis, from Latin
matutinus, “early in the morning; pertaining to the morning.”