pageant
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈpædʒənt/
Noun

pageant (plural pageants)

  1. An elaborate public display, especially a parade in historical or traditional costume.
    Synonyms: spectacle
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 3, chapter 4
      For a few moments the events of the day floated in disastrous pageant through my brain, till sleep bathed it in forgetfulness […]
  2. A spectacular ceremony.
  3. Ellipsis of beauty pageant#English|beauty pageant.
    Synonyms: beauty contest, beauty pageant
  4. (obsolete) A wheeled platform for the exhibition of plays, etc.
Translations Translations Verb

pageant (pageants, present participle pageanting; past and past participle pageanted)

  1. To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic.
    • c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      He pageants us.



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