A wake is a social gathering associated with death, usually held before a funeral.
Traditionally ... The term wake originated from Middle English wakien, waken,
from Old English wacan, to wake up an...
A "wake" for the dead harks back to a more antiquated meaning of the word: "
watch" or "guard," rather than the "become or stay alert" definition that the word
Apr 9, 2003 ... It's called a wake because the mourners stay awake during the night, originally to
watch and pray over the corpse 'Wake' is the native English ...
Why is the gathering before a funeral called a wake? ... The time during the wake
was for family and friends to come and view the body and pay ...
According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1978), the wake is "a ... of
a straightforward fear of dead people and what they are able to do to the living, ...
The term wake is also sometimes used to refer to the Visitation, a modern ... (see:
U.S. · Traditions) The deceased's family receives friends who come to the
Feb 4, 2016 ... But all that has nothing to do with the origin of the expression dead ringer .... the
practice in many world societies of holding a wake for the dead ...
Wake definition, to become roused from sleep; awake; awaken; waken (often
followed by up). See more.
Jul 20, 1998 ... Wake, watch or vigil held over the body of a dead person before burial and
sometimes accompanied by festivity; also, in England, a vigil kept in ...
In the wake of definition, the track of waves left by a ship or other object moving
through the water: The wake of the boat glowed in the darkness. See more.