noun vig·il \ˈvi-jəl\

: an event or a period of time when a person or group stays in a place and quietly waits, prays, etc., especially at night

Full Definition of VIGIL

a :  a watch formerly kept on the night before a religious feast with prayer or other devotions
b :  the day before a religious feast observed as a day of spiritual preparation
c :  evening or nocturnal devotions or prayers —usually used in plural
:  the act of keeping awake at times when sleep is customary; also :  a period of wakefulness
:  an act or period of watching or surveillance :  watch <kept vigil at her bedside>

Examples of VIGIL

  1. <kept vigil at their ailing son's bedside the entire time he was in the hospital>

Origin of VIGIL

Middle English vigile, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin vigilia watch on the eve of a feast, from Latin, wakefulness, watch, from vigil awake, watchful; akin to Latin vigēre to be vigorous, vegēre to enliven — more at wake
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with VIGIL

VIGIL Defined for Kids


noun vig·il \ˈvi-jəl\

Definition of VIGIL for Kids

:  an act of keeping watch especially when sleep is usual


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