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Definition of Vigil


  1. 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. Hence, devotional watching; waking for prayer, or other religious exercises.
  3. Originally, the watch kept on the night before a feast.
  4. Later, the day and the night preceding a feast.
  5. A religious service performed in the evening preceding a feast.

Vigil Translations

vigil in German is Nachtwache, Wachsein
vigil in Swedish is vaka, nattvak