Etymology: vigile ("a devotional watching"), from Old French vigile, from Latin vigilia ("wakefulness, watch"), from vigil ("awake"), from Proto-Indo-European
- a watch kept during normal sleeping hours, especially over the body of a recently deceased or dying person
- a period of observation or surveillance
- the eve of some religious festival in which staying awake is part of the ritual devotions
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