watch night


the last night of the year, observed in a watch meeting.

Origin of watch night

First recorded in 1735–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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watch night

noun (in Protestant churches)

  1. the night of December 24, during which a service is held to mark the arrival of Christmas Day
  2. the night of December 31, during which a service is held to mark the passing of the old year and the beginning of the new
the service held on either of these nights
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