Etymology
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viewing (n.)

1540s, "inspection," verbal noun from view (v.). From 1944 as "last presentation of a dead body before the funeral" (earlier viewing (of) the remains, 1920); from 1959 as "the watching of television."

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Definitions of viewing

viewing (n.)
the display of a motion picture;
Synonyms: screening / showing
viewing (n.)
a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial;
Synonyms: wake
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