pageant

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Late 14th c. as Middle English pagent, from Medieval Latin pagina (play in a cycle of mystery plays), perhaps from Latin pāgina (page of a book).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpæd͡ʒənt/
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Noun[edit]

pageant (plural pageants)

  1. An elaborate public display, especially a parade in historical or traditional costume.
    Synonym: spectacle
    • 1826, [Mary Shelley], chapter 4, in The Last Man. [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 230675575:
      For a few moments the events of the day floated in disastrous pageant through my brain, till sleep bathed it in forgetfulness []
    • 2022, Gary Gerstle, chapter 1, in The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order [] , New York: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, Part I. The New Deal Order, 1930–1980:
      The artists who painted these murals brought the pageant of America vividly to life. Everyone knew that the construction of this pageant, and the celebration of America that it implied, was the work of the New Deal.
  2. A spectacular ceremony.
  3. Ellipsis of beauty pageant..
    Synonyms: beauty contest, beauty pageant
  4. (obsolete) A wheeled platform for the exhibition of plays, etc.

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Verb[edit]

pageant (third-person singular simple present pageants, present participle pageanting, simple past and past participle pageanted)

  1. To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “pageant”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

pageant

  1. Alternative form of pagent