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From Middle English processioun, borrowed 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.


  • IPA(key): /pɹəˈsɛʃən/
  • Hyphenation: pro‧ces‧sion
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procession (plural processions)

  1. The act of progressing or proceeding.
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    • (Can we date this quote by Trench and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      That the procession of their life might be / More equable, majestic, pure, and free.
  2. 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
  3. A number of things happening in sequence (in space or in time).
  4. (ecclesiastical, obsolete, in the plural) Litanies said in procession and not kneeling.
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procession (third-person singular simple present processions, present participle processioning, simple past and past participle processioned)

  1. (intransitive) To take part in a procession
  2. (transitive, dated) To honour with a procession.
  3. (transitive, law, US, North Carolina and Tennessee) To ascertain, mark, and establish the boundary lines of (lands).
    • (Can we date this quote by Burrill and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      To procession the lands of such persons as desire it.


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