pageant

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin pagina. late 14c., "play in a cycle of mystery plays," perhaps from Latin pagina(page of a book).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpædʒɨnt̚/, /ˈpædʒənt/

Noun[edit]

pageant ‎(plural pageants)

  1. An elaborate public display, especially a parade in historical or traditional costume.
  2. A spectacular ceremony.
  3. A beauty pageant.
  4. An elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainment of a distinguished personage, or of the public; a show, spectacle, or display.
    • 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 [...]

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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.
    • Shakespeare
      He pageants us.