WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ob•serv•ance /əbˈzɜrvəns/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the action of following, obeying, or complying with a law, custom, etc.
  2. a celebration by ceremonies, practices, etc.:the observance of the Sabbath.
  3. an act or instance of watching;
See -serv-2.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ob•serv•ance  (əb zûrvəns),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an act or instance of following, obeying, or conforming to:the observance of traffic laws.
  2. a keeping or celebration by appropriate procedure, ceremonies, etc.:the observance of the Sabbath.
  3. a procedure, ceremony, or rite, as for a particular occasion:patriotic observances.
  4. a rule or custom to be followed or obeyed;
    a customary practice.
  5. Religion[Rom. Cath. Ch.]
    • Religiona rule or discipline for a religious house or order.
    • Religiona house or order observing a rule or discipline.
  6. an act or instance of watching, noting, or perceiving;
  7. respectful attention or service.
  8. [Archaic.]courteous attention as to a person;
    dutiful service.
  • Late Latin observantia, Latin: esteem, attention, derivative of observant- (stem of observāns), present participle of observāre. See observe, -ance
  • Old French
  • Middle English observaunce 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged compliance, adherence, heedfulness.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

observance /əbˈzɜːvəns/ n
  1. recognition of or compliance with a law, custom, practice, etc
  2. a ritual, ceremony, or practice, esp of a religion
  3. observation or attention
  4. the degree of strictness of a religious order or community in following its rule
  5. archaic respectful or deferential attention

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