a small candle in a church lighted as a devotional act.
a candle or small light kept burning before a shrine, icon, etc.
Origin of vigil light
First recorded in 1930–35
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noun mainly RC Church
a small candle lit as an act of personal devotion before a shrine or statue, usually in a church
a small lamp kept permanently burning before such a shrine or statue
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