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matutinal (muh-TOOT-n-uhl) adjective

Relating to or occurring in the morning.

[From Late Latin matutinalis, from Latin matutinus (of the morning). Ultimately from Indo-European root ma- (good) that is also the source of words such as mature, matinee, matins, Spanish mañana (tomorrow, morning, future).]

See more usage examples of matutinal in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"In fact, the menagerie of breakfast icons in whom we put our matutinal trust are a pretty fruity, nutty, and flakey bunch all round."
Victor Lewis-Smith; Bit of roughage at Kellogg's; Evening Standard (London, UK); Jul 17, 2000.

"If you live in a city neighborhood and go for a morning walk, you know that one of the true delights of a matutinal stroll is the chance to check out the neighborhood trove."
Scot Lehigh; Curb Appeal; Boston Globe (Massachusetts); May 6, 2001.

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