Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person who is not a member of law enforcement but who pursues and punishes persons suspected of lawbreaking.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A member of a vigilance committee.

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  • noun A person who considers it their own responsibility to uphold the law in their neighbourhood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun member of a vigilance committee

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish, watchman, vigilante, from Latin vigilāns, vigilant-, present participle of vigilāre, to be watchful, from vigil, watchful; see weg- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Spanish vigilante ("watchman", "guard"), from Latin vigilans

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