Vigil – A period of keeping awake during the time usually spent asleep. Keeping watch or protesting
To remember the definition of the word vigil, use the following mnemonic:
The invigilator (vigil) had to stay awake all night because this was a 24 hour exam.
Examples of vigil in a sentence
It had been Josh who had stood vigil beside her sickbed.
Nothing went unnoticed under his watchful vigil.
Part of his nightly vigil was kneeling down at the foot of his bed in prayer.