Definition of Pageant

1. Noun. An elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes.

Exact synonyms: Pageantry
Generic synonyms: Representation

2. Noun. A rich and spectacular ceremony.
Exact synonyms: Pageantry
Generic synonyms: Ceremonial, Ceremonial Occasion, Ceremony, Observance

Definition of Pageant

1. n. A theatrical exhibition; a spectacle.

2. a. Of the nature of a pageant; spectacular.

3. v. t. To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic.

Definition of Pageant

1. Noun. An elaborate public display, especially a parade in historical or traditional costume. ¹

2. Noun. A spectacular ceremony. ¹

3. Noun. A beauty pageant. ¹

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

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Definition of Pageant

1. an elaborate public spectacle [n -S]

Medical Definition of Pageant

1. 1. A theatrical exhibition; a spectacle. "A pageant truly played." "To see sad pageants of men's miseries." (Spenser) 2. An elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainmeut of a distinguished personage, or of the public; a show, spectacle, or display. "The gaze of fools, and pageant of a day !" (Pope) "We love the man, the paltry pageant you." (Cowper) Origin: OE. Pagent, pagen, originally, a movable scaffold or stage, hence, what was exhibited on it, fr. LL. Pagina, akin to pangere to fasten; cf. L. Pagina page, leaf, slab, compaginare to join together, compages a joining together, structure. See Pact, Page of a book. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pageant

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page boys
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page faults
page flow
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page in
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page number
page out
page printer
page proof
page wire
pageant (current term)
paged down
paged in
paged out
paged up

Literary usage of Pageant

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"pageant of Meriden, NH Education in the New Country Life. ... pageant of Cape Cod, Bourne, Mass. Celebrated the completion of the Cape Cod Canal. ..."

2. The Technique of Pageantry by Linwood Taft (1921)
"pageant will be enlarged or restricted according to the ability of the pageant chairman in selecting the members of the pageant committee and in selecting ..."

3. English Pageantry: An Historical Outline by Robert Withington (1920)
"To begin with Mr. Parker's : " Let me say here what a pageant is not. ... I confess I cannot conceive a pageant except as an incident in a great act of ..."

4. American Municipal Progress by Charles Zueblin, Helen Bernice Sweeny (1916)
"Notable Civic pageants The American pageant Association lists the pageant of ... It is notable as the first American pageant to treat music seriously as a ..."

5. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1914)
"pageant and masque of St. Louis; a people's drama on a national scale. A. Farwell. ... St. Louis pageant and masque and its civic meaning. RN Baldwin. II. ..."

6. Careers for Women by Catherine Filene (1920)
"DRAMATICS THE pageant DIRECTOR HAZEL MACKAYE Director of Bureau of pageantry and the Drama, YWCA, New York City Description of occupation THE director has ..."

7. Careers for Women by Catherine Filene (1920)
"If the pageant is given on an extensive scale, experts in both dramatic and civic activities are engaged to assist the pageant director. ..."

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