watch night
noun Date: 1742 a devotional service lasting until after midnight especially on New Year's Eve

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  • Watch night — Watch Watch (w[o^]ch), n. [OE. wacche, AS. w[ae]cce, fr. wacian to wake; akin to D. wacht, waak, G. wacht, wache. [root]134. See {Wake}, v. i. ] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of watching; forbearance of sleep; vigil; wakeful, vigilant, or constantly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • watch night — watch′ night n. 1) rel the last night of the year 2) rel a religious service held on this night • Etymology: 1735–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • watch night — n. a religious service held on New Year s Eve …   English World dictionary

  • watch night — noun a devotional service (especially on New Year s Eve) • Hypernyms: ↑service, ↑religious service, ↑divine service * * * noun 1. : a devotional exercise lasting until after midnight and held originally each month by Wesleyan Methodists and later …   Useful english dictionary

  • watch night — noun The night during which January 1 enters. The first watch night services ever held in Grace Protestant Episcopal Church were but poorly attended,... nbsp;. Syn: New Years Eve …   Wiktionary

  • watch night — 1. the last night of the year, observed in a watch meeting. 2. See watch meeting. [1735 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • Watch Night — noun The night during which January 1 enters. Syn: New Years Eve …   Wiktionary

  • watch night — long night without sleeping; New Year s Eve, December 31; Christmas Eve, December 24 …   English contemporary dictionary

  • watch-night service —  Новогодняя Всенощная служба …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Watch — (w[o^]ch), n. [OE. wacche, AS. w[ae]cce, fr. wacian to wake; akin to D. wacht, waak, G. wacht, wache. [root]134. See {Wake}, v. i. ] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of watching; forbearance of sleep; vigil; wakeful, vigilant, or constantly observant… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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