Definition of observant in English:

observant

Syllabification: ob·serv·ant
Pronunciation: /əbˈzərvənt
 
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adjective

1Quick to notice things: her observant eye took in every detail
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  • The problem with their arguments, as observant readers will have noticed, is that their figures are rather shaky.
  • The observant may have noticed that the colour scheme of my blog broadly matches the colour scheme of my study, pictured below.
  • I, being an observant person, had noticed that I had not been asked for a bribe lately.
Synonyms
alert, sharp-eyed, sharp, eagle-eyed, hawk-eyed, having eyes like a hawk, watchful, heedful, aware; on the lookout, on the qui vive, on guard, attentive, vigilant, having one's eyes open/peeled
informal beady-eyed, not missing a trick, on the ball
2Adhering strictly to the rules of a particular religion, especially Judaism.
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  • He wears a distinctive black outfit and is strictly observant of religious laws.
  • That can't be said for other religiously observant people in the public square.
  • Tony teases Reuven over his observant religious practice and wonders if he'll become a priest one day.
Synonyms
practicing, obedient, conforming, conformist; law-abiding, orthodox, devout

noun

(Observant) historical Back to top  
A member of a branch of the Franciscan order that followed a strict rule.
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  • A classic example was the Franciscan Observant friar Bernardino of Siena, whose cult of the name of Jesus, employing what were effectively magical tablets, sparked off accusations of heresy.
  • He joined the extremely strict Observant order and excelled in their discipline.
  • At the end of the 15th century six houses of Observants were established, three being transfers from Conventual friaries.

Origin

late Middle English (as a noun): from French, literally 'watching', present participle of observer (see observe).

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