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1 a rich and spectacular ceremony [syn: pageant]
2 an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes [syn: pageant]

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  • /ˈpædʒəntri/


  1. A pageant; a colourful show or display, as in a pageant.
    • 1609: William Shakespeare, Pericles (V, ii)
      That you aptly will suppose / What pageantry, what feats, what shows, / What minstrelsy, and pretty din, / The regent made in Mytilene / To greet the king.
    • 1849: Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
      The world seemed decked for some holiday or prouder pageantry, with silken streamers flying, ...

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