- a rule or discipline for a religious house or order.
- a house or order observing a rule or discipline.
Origin of observance
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|DAILY BEAST
“The observance of due process of law by the court was exemplary in this case,” says lawyer Minallah.
The river, the fountain, and the aged oak, each had its legend and its observance of unknown antiquity.History of Religion|Allan Menzies
The law for the observance of the Sabbath comes to us in language that cannot be mistaken and from a source not to be denied.Foot-prints of a letter carrier|James Rees
Barop, though usually very strict in the observance of religious duties, never demanded anything for the sake of mere appearances.The Story Of My Life From Childhood To Manhood|Georg Ebers
Many objected to the want of quotations, and to the observance of an orthography that had become obsolete.
Among other things, he asked whether he commanded the observance of the Sabbath.The Autobiography of St. Ignatius|Saint Ignatius Loyola
British Dictionary definitions for observance
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.