observance definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- the act or practice of observing, or keeping, a law, duty, custom, rule, etc.
- a customary act, rite, ceremony, etc.
- the act of observing, or noting; observation
- Archaic respectful attention; deference
- the rule observed by a religious order
- the order observing a specified rule
Origin: Middle English observaunce ; from Old French observance ; from Classical Latin observantia, attention, regard, in Ecclesiastical Late Latin divine worship
observance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act or practice of observing or complying with a law, custom, command, or rule.
- The act or custom of keeping or celebrating a holiday or other ritual occasion.
- A customary rite or ceremony.
- The act of watching; observation: “Consider how much intellect was needed in the architect, and how much observance of nature” (John Ruskin).
- Roman Catholic Church The rule governing a religious order.