Definition of observant in English:

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Pronunciation: /əbˈzəːv(ə)nt/


1Quick to notice or perceive 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.
alert, sharp-eyed, sharp, eagle-eyed, hawk-eyed, with eyes like a hawk, keen-eyed, watchful, on the lookout, on the qui vive, on guard, attentive, vigilant, with one's eyes open/peeled/skinned, awake, heedful, mindful, focused, aware
informal beady-eyed, not missing a trick, on the ball
rare regardful
2Adhering strictly to the rules of a particular religion, especially Judaism: an observant Jew
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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.
committed, devout, orthodox, law-abiding


(Observant) historical 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.


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

Words that rhyme with observant

fervent, servant

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