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vigil

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noun vig·il \ˈvi-jəl\

Simple Definition of vigil

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  the act of keeping awake at times when sleep is customary; also :  a period of wakefulness

  3. 3 :  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

vigil

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noun vig·il \ˈvi-jəl\

Definition of vigil

  1. :  an act of keeping watch especially when sleep is usual





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