Share this entry

vigil
American English: /ˈvɪdʒəl/
British English: /ˈvɪdʒɪl/

Translation of vigil in Spanish:

noun

  • 1.1 (watch) to keep (a) vigil over something
    velar sobre algo
    we must keep a constant vigil
    debemos mantenernos siempre alertas
    Example sentences
    • A mourner, fallen asleep in a late-night vigil, awakes the next morning to find that not only are his trousers missing, but the corpse has been stolen as well.
    • But when I came and kept vigil in his armchair while he lay on his left ribs, his back rolled around him like an exoskeleton, all night I stared at his books neat in their shelves.
    • In the old days families kept vigil and ate little ‘Soul’ cakes.
    Example sentences
    • N.O.W. was planning to hold a candlelight vigil outside the jail where Yates is being held.
    • The local authorities' campaign headquarters plans to hold protest vigils outside the treasury every few days, each time representing two different municipalities.
    • On March 27, about 200 teachers and students from the Wellington and Hutt Valley regions staged a protest vigil outside parliament.
    1.2 (Religion)

Definition of vigil in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score:
    Word of the day haughty
    Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
    adjective
    arrogantly superior and disdainful
    Cultural fact of the day

    Carnaval

    Carnaval is the three days of festivities preceding Lent, characterized by costumes, masks, drinking, music, and dancing. Spain's most colorful carnival is in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, and Cadiz's carnival is also famous. In Spanish-speaking Latin America, the carnivals of Uruguay, Bolivia, and Venezuela are very well known.