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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gallery in a church, used for all-night vigils.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gallery in a church, where persons watched all night.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a gallery in a church where public watch was formerly kept at night on the eve of some festival, and from which the great shrines were observed.

Etymologies

Latin excubitorium; ex out + cubare, cubitum, to lie. (Wiktionary)

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