What does vigil mean?

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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vigil

    vij′il, n. watching: keeping awake for religious exercises: the eve before a feast or fast day, originally kept by watching through the night.—n. Vig′ilance, wakefulness: watchfulness: circumspection: (obs.) a guard, watch.—adj. Vig′ilant, watchful: on the lookout for danger: circumspect.—n. Vigilan′te, a member of a vigilance committee.—adv. Vig′ilantly.—Vigilance committee (U.S.), an unauthorised body which, in the absence or inefficiency of regular courts, exercises legal powers of arrest, punishment, &c. in cases of gross crime: also any self-appointed association for the compulsory improvement of local morals. [Fr.,—L. vigiliavigil, awake, watchful—vigēre, to be lively.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vigil in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vigil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Al Sharpton:

    Is a vigil a protest? Is a rally?

  2. Kathryn Hinderaker:

    They held a vigil for the ‘death of America’.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Bill Chandler:

    We stood vigil outside of the house for about five hours, iCE was trying to persuade Daniela to come out of the house. Of course, she refused. They went and got a search warrant. ... Then they decided to break into the house and confront her.

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