vigil light

plural vigil lights

Definition of vigil light

: a candle lighted devotionally (as in a Roman Catholic church) before a shrine or image

called also vigil candle

— compare votive

First Known Use of vigil light

circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vigil light was circa 1931

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27 Jan 2020

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“Vigil light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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