Definitions for vigilˈvɪdʒ əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vigil(noun)

    a period of sleeplessness

  2. vigil, watch(noun)

    the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)

  3. watch, vigil(noun)

    a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe


  1. vigil(Noun)

    a watch kept during normal sleeping hours, especially over the body of a recently deceased or dying person

  2. vigil(Noun)

    a period of observation or surveillance

  3. vigil(Noun)

    the eve of some religious festival in which staying awake is part of the ritual devotions

  4. Origin: vigile, from vigile, from vigilia, from vigil, from weg-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vigil(verb)

    abstinence from sleep, whether at a time when sleep is customary or not; the act of keeping awake, or the state of being awake, or the state of being awake; sleeplessness; wakefulness; watch

  2. Vigil(verb)

    hence, devotional watching; waking for prayer, or other religious exercises

  3. Vigil(verb)

    originally, the watch kept on the night before a feast

  4. Vigil(verb)

    later, the day and the night preceding a feast

  5. Vigil(verb)

    a religious service performed in the evening preceding a feast

  6. Origin: [OE. vigile, L. vigilia, from vigil awake, watchful, probably akin to E. wake: cf. F. vigile. See Wake, v. i., and cf. Reveille, Surveillance, Vedette, Vegetable, Vigor.]


  1. Vigil

    A vigil, from the Latin vigilia meaning wakefulness, is a period of purposeful sleeplessness, an occasion for devotional watching, or an observance. The Italian word vigilia has become generalized in this sense and means "eve".

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Al Sharpton:

    Is a vigil a protest? Is a rally?

  2. Bobby Brown:

    We continue to request privacy in this matter, we thank everyone that supported the vigil for Bobbi Kristina. God is hearing our prayers.

  3. Nicky Spencer-Coker:

    This candlelight vigil and procession is to shed light on the issue of sexual violence in Sierra Leone, remember Hannah and all unnamed victims of sexual violence.

  4. Michel Foucault:

    Chance does not speak essentially through words nor can it be seen in their convolution. It is the eruption of language, its sudden appearance. It's not a night twinkle with stars, an illuminated sleep, nor a drowsy vigil. It is the very edge of consciousness.

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