vigil

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Noun[change]

Singular
vigil

Plural
vigils

  1. An occasion of staying awake during normal sleeping hours, especially to pray.
  2. A period of observation at any hour.
    His dog kept vigil outside the hospital for eight days while he was recovering from an accident.
  3. The eve of a religious festival in which staying awake is part of the celebration.
  4. A quiet demonstration in support of a cause.
    The protesters kept vigil outside the courthouse in which the trial was being held.