- an act or instance of following, obeying, or conforming to: the observance of traffic laws.
- a keeping or celebration by appropriate procedure, ceremonies, etc.: the observance of the Sabbath.
- a procedure, ceremony, or rite, as for a particular occasion: patriotic observances.
- a rule or custom to be followed or obeyed; a customary practice.
- Roman Catholic Church.
- a rule or discipline for a religious house or order.
- a house or order observing a rule or discipline.
- an act or instance of watching, noting, or perceiving; observation.
- respectful attention or service.
- Archaic. courteous attention as to a person; dutiful service.
Origin of observance
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Examples from the Web for observance
Even for Washington and Lincoln one observance day was enough.Embodying Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Remains a Vital Challenge
Harvey J. Kaye
April 6, 2014
“The observance of due process of law by the court was exemplary in this case,” says lawyer Minallah.Memogate Brings Pakistan to the Edge
January 16, 2012
By their observance, an earth of peace may become not a vision but a fact.
And the observance of this principle throughout a speech furnishes the whole art.Phaedrus
It is an electrum, and magic and the observance of the hour have nothing to do with it.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
He may even cheat the gods of their due if he is formally correct in his observance.History of Religion
"You shall have all observance," he said with his sweetest smile.Is He Popenjoy?
- recognition of or compliance with a law, custom, practice, etc
- the act of such recognition
- a ritual, ceremony, or practice, esp of a religion
- observation or attention
- the degree of strictness of a religious order or community in following its rule
- archaic respectful or deferential attention
Word Origin and History for observance
early 13c., "act performed in accordance with prescribed usage," especially a religious or ceremonial one, from Old French observance, osservance "observance, discipline," or directly from Latin observantia "act of keeping customs, attention, respect, regard, reverence," from observantem (nominative observans), present participle of observare (see observe). Observance is the attending to and carrying out of a duty or rule. Observation is watching, noticing.