What does the word vigil mean?

Usage examples for vigil

  1. Again Clarence Vaughan bends above the couch, and then he says: " Your vigil is ended, Mrs. Ralston. – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  2. Go to thy rest; to- night I must keep vigil alone. – Dreamers of the Ghetto by I. Zangwill
  3. The travellers were away a month, during which time Percy kept his lonely vigil at Clarges Street. – A Dog with a Bad Name by Talbot Baines Reed