pageant

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Etymology[edit]

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

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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, 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.
    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.
    • Shakespeare
      He pageants us.

References[edit]

  1. ^ pageant” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

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