Definition of observant in US English:

observant

adjective

  • 1Quick to notice things.

    ‘her observant eye took in every detail’
    • ‘And, being a fairly observant sort, I've noticed that most footballers are human beings.’
    • ‘And I guess, obviously, the watch word for most travelers is be alert, be observant.’
    • ‘My sister came to see the place last night and was quite observant of everything.’
    • ‘The problem with their arguments, as observant readers will have noticed, is that their figures are rather shaky.’
    • ‘It's little things like that which get noticed by observant kids such as myself.’
    • ‘Can you recall a time when being alert and observant kept you safe?’
    • ‘Mr Davies is a brilliant, observant journalist who sees and documents everything - then gets the analysis hopelessly wrong.’
    • ‘The very observant may have noticed that I swapped webhosts over the weekend.’
    • ‘Ever the observant one, Barry notices these things about me even in these circumstances.’
    • ‘The observant reader will have noticed that the recipes serve six, although there were only four of us.’
    • ‘Shoots may grow more than 3 cm a day, and the observant can notice changes in shoot length from day to day.’
    • ‘I, being an observant person, had noticed that I had not been asked for a bribe lately.’
    • ‘Those observant among you will have noticed that there is no author listed for this play.’
    • ‘My last student was a real star, she was very conscientious and made very few mistakes because she was very alert and observant.’
    • ‘You need to be much more observant and aware when on a motorcycle than when in a car.’
    • ‘Some of the more observant had noticed the exchange while others remained oblivious.’
    • ‘The more observant readers of this blog may have noticed that I rather like him.’
    • ‘The observant may have noticed that the colour scheme of my blog broadly matches the colour scheme of my study, pictured below.’
    • ‘It's my belief anyway that we should all be a little more empathetic and observant than we are about everything.’
    • ‘How observant you are to notice that two objects at the same temperature feel differently.’
    alert, sharp-eyed, sharp, eagle-eyed, hawk-eyed, with eyes like a hawk, keen-eyed, watchful, on the lookout, on the qui vive, on guard, attentive, vigilant, with one's eyes open, with one's eyes peeled, with one's eyes skinned, awake, heedful, mindful, focused, aware
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  • 2Adhering strictly to the rules of a particular religion, especially Judaism.

    • ‘They were not going to be eating with pagans in the first place, since observant Jews don't sit down at the table with pagans.’
    • ‘The New Testament records that observant Judeans wore decorations called tassels on their garments.’
    • ‘There is no evidence that Galilean Jews were less observant than Jews who lived in Jerusalem and Judaea.’
    • ‘No observant Jew will question the coming of the Messianic era as a tenet of Judaism.’
    • ‘Most of the population is not particularly observant, but religion is an important aspect of national identity.’
    • ‘It is also the case that people who aren't particularly observant become more so, once they begin to raise children.’
    • ‘If we're at all observant, we learn something for our own preaching.’
    • ‘Tony teases Reuven over his observant religious practice and wonders if he'll become a priest one day.’
    • ‘All students, not just those who are religiously observant, are able to eat in the dining hall.’
    • ‘I lived with my father in their new, observant family, and maintained an uneasy relationship with my mother.’
    • ‘Raised in a religiously observant family, he certainly felt the force of scriptural themes.’
    • ‘He wears a distinctive black outfit and is strictly observant of religious laws.’
    • ‘Now my wife, our two beautiful daughters and I live in a Jewish neighborhood and lead an observant Jewish life.’
    • ‘Our spirituality is not locked into any one place or environment, preventing us from being observant.’
    • ‘Years ago I met a young woman who had recently become Torah observant.’
    • ‘That can't be said for other religiously observant people in the public square.’
    • ‘As the only observant Jew in my circle of family and friends, this is a hard idea to explain and an even harder one for them to understand.’
    • ‘So for me, becoming an observant Jew was a straightforward transition.’
    • ‘I am not observant and in fact have many, many transgressions to my credit, yet I am wealthy and content with my life.’
    • ‘Small farmers from religiously observant homes could look forward to cheap credit and stable leases.’
    practising, obedient, dutiful, conformist, conforming
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noun

historical
  • A member of a branch of the Franciscan order that followed a strict rule.

    • ‘The Observants struggled with the Conventuals who wished to see things left as they were.’
    • ‘John Barton was the great benefactor who paid for the town's first schoolteacher and who later renounced his worldly goods and became an Observant Friar.’
    • ‘He joined the extremely strict Observant order and excelled in their discipline.’
    • ‘At the end of the 15th century six houses of Observants were established, three being transfers from Conventual friaries.’
    • ‘A classic example was the Franciscan Observant friar Bernardino of Siena, whose cult of the name of Jesus, employing what were effectively magical tablets, sparked off accusations of heresy.’

Origin

Late Middle English (as a noun): from French, literally ‘watching’, present participle of observer (see observe).

Pronunciation

observant

/əbˈzərvənt//əbˈzərvənt/