Definition of vigil
- a candlelight vigil
- kept vigil at her bedside
kept vigil at their ailing son's bedside the entire time he was in the hospital
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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
: an event or a period of time when a person or group stays in a place and quietly waits, prays, etc., especially at night
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