From Middle English processioun, from Old French pourciession, from Latin processio (“a marching forward, an advance, in Late Latin a religious procession”), from procedere, past participle processus (“to move forward, advance, proceed”); see proceed.
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procession (plural processions)
- The act of progressing or proceeding.
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- That the procession of their life might be / More equable, majestic, pure, and free.
- A group of people or things moving along in an orderly, stately, or solemn manner; a train of persons advancing in order; a retinue.
- a procession of mourners; the Lord Mayor's procession
- the townsmen on procession
- A number of things happening in sequence (in space or in time).
- (ecclesiastical, obsolete, in the plural) Litanies which were said in procession and not kneeling.
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- (intransitive) To take part in a procession
- (transitive, dated) To honour with a procession.
- (transitive, law, US, North Carolina and Tennessee) To ascertain, mark, and establish the boundary lines of (lands).
- To procession the lands of such persons as desire it.