observance observance  /əb ˈzɜr vəns/


  1. (n) the act of observing; taking a patient look
  2. (n) a formal event performed on a special occasion
  3. (n) the act of noticing or paying attention
  4. (n) conformity with law or custom or practice etc.


  1. Still, no person should ever be satisfied with their current observance and education.
  2. The three-day observance of Bon, a holiday season nearly as joyous as New Year's, would begin the next morning.
  3. Site of 50th-anniversary observance of the Korean War's first casualties 50.



    A firefighter comforts a distraught listener, as names of victims of gun violence are read, during the observance of the six month anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy.The Mayors Against Illegal Guns holds ceremonies in front of Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Conn. Friday, June 14, 2013.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Connecticut Post

  2. Flags line North Asheville streets in observance of Flag Day

    Kimberly Avenue and other north Asheville streets were lined with American flags Thursday in observance of Flag Day. Today marks the 236th anniversary of the adoption of the American flag by the Second Continental Congress. ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Mountain Xpress

  3. Flag Day observance set at Post 14

    Worn, tattered and faded U.S. flags that have done their duty will be honorably retired in a ceremony at Lowe-McFarlane American Legion Post 14 Friday in observance of Flag Day.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Shreveport Times


  1. "I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance," Bush said.
    on Dec 28, 2006 By: President Bush Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "We saw similar actions during the Cold War but thought they had been put behind us," Miliband said. "Russia's actions therefore raise serious questions about her observance of international law, as well as about the standards of behaviour...
    on Jan 17, 2008 By: David Miliband Source: Reuters UK

  3. In a message to the US and its "crusader allies," Gadahn says: "The amount of respect we have for your international law is even less than the respect you hold for defined sharia, and our observance of it is comparable to your observance of sharia."
    on Aug 6, 2007 By: Adam Gadahn Source: Indian Express

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