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watch night

n.
1. New Year's Eve.
2. A religious service held on New Year's Eve.

watch night

(in Protestant churches) n
1. (Protestantism)
a. the night of December 24, during which a service is held to mark the arrival of Christmas Day
b. 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
2. (Protestantism) the service held on either of these nights

watch′ night`


n.
1. the last night of the year.
2. a religious service held on this night.
[1735–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.watch night - a devotional service (especially on New Year's Eve)
divine service, religious service, service - the act of public worship following prescribed rules; "the Sunday service"
References in classic literature ?
Then, said the women of the neighborhood, the whole church took on something fantastic, supernatural, horrible; eyes and mouths were opened, here and there; one heard the dogs, the monsters, and the gargoyles of stone, which keep watch night and day, with outstretched neck and open jaws, around the monstrous cathedral, barking.
Throw fourth-round running back Tyler , who get his first to win the kick returner job, and speedy undrafted receiver Wendall Williams, who unofficially ran 4 hockey jerseys cheap seconds the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, and there'll be plenty of rookies to watch night.
Crew manager Lee Gaunt, 41, was on a green watch night shift when his body was discovered in Stalybridge, Gtr Manchester.
Ideally we would've loved to have this in a 5,000 seater arena but the fans will experience an atmosphere like never before in the Liverpool Olympia and this is a must watch night of boxing on Sky Sports on October 6.
Waddy's wife during their watch night service on New Year's Eve.
On Christmas Eve we go to the Watch Night service and my wife Gil sings in the choir.
For example, at the Howard you can enjoy three night's accommodation, full Scottish breakfast on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, a continental breakfast hamper delivered to your room on Christmas morning, canapes and free-flowing champagne on Christmas Eve, transport to and from St Giles Cathedral's Watch Night service, a five-course Christmas Day lunch with wine, a late-night feast delivered to your room on Christmas Day evening, brunch and afternoon tea on Boxing Day.
Lots of people still practice this; some even employing boys leaving Watch Night services to be the first to step into every house on the block.