Definition of observance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əbˈzɜːvəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈzɜːrvəns//
    Religious ceremonies
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] the practice of obeying a law, celebrating a festival or behaving according to a particular custom observance (of something) observance of the law a strict observance of the Sabbath observance of traditional practices opposite non-observance
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] an act performed as part of a religious or traditional ceremony religious observances See related entries: Religious ceremonies
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin observantia, from observant- ‘watching, paying attention to’, from the verb observare ‘to watch’, from ob- ‘towards’ + servare ‘attend to, look at’.
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