1. At or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time.
2. Expected in the near future.
3. Being or occurring at an early stage of development.
4. Very young.
5. (Linguistics) Of an early stage in the development of a language or literature.
Of the distant past; SYN. former, other.
ETYM Latin matutinalis, matutinus: cf. French matutinal. Related to Matin.
Pertaining to or occurring in the morning.
Relating to the morning; happening early in the day.
Pertaining to or occurring in morning.