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A courtship visit in which the couple sit together by candlelight; courtship.
no object Of a couple: to sit up together at night as a recognized part of courtship.
Late 19th century. From opsit. Compare opsitting<br>late 19th century. From Afrikaans opsit from South African Dutch opzit from Dutch opzitten to sit up from op- + zitten.
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