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1910 New Catholic Dictionary
(Latin: nocturnus, by night)
(1) originally night Office, hence the term
(2) division of Matins consisting of three psalms or groups of psalms with three lessons
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Entry for 'Nocturns'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ncd/n/nocturns.html. 1910.