noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Roman Catholic Church.
the office of matins and lauds for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Holy Week, sung respectively on the afternoon of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of that week, at which the Crucifixion is commemorated by the gradual extinguishment of candles.
(functioning as singular or pl) (RC Church) (formerly) the matins and lauds for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Holy Week, usually sung in the evenings or at night
adjective 1. producing darkness.
noun 1. darkling beetle.
adjective 1. dark; gloomy; obscure. adjective 1. gloomy, shadowy, or dark
noun 1. (sometimes capital) a school, style, or method of painting, adopted chiefly by 17th-century Spanish and Neapolitan painters, esp Caravaggio, characterized by large areas of dark colours, usually relieved with a shaft of light