Origin of surveillantFrench present participle of surveiller to watch over sur- over ( from Old French; see sur- . ) veiller to watch ( from Old French veillier ) ( from Latin vigilāre ) ( from vigil watchful ; see weg- in Indo-European roots.)
- One who watches over another; an overseer; a spy; a supervisor.
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