Definition of veillée in English:


Pronunciation /ˌveɪˈjeɪ/


(also veillee)
  • In French-speaking areas: a traditional evening social gathering of a family or community, often with singing, dancing, etc.

    Earliest attested with reference to rural areas of France; the word is later also found in Canada and Louisiana.


Early 19th century. From French veillée social evening gathering from veiller to stay awake, to keep watch + -ée, suffix forming nouns.