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pag·eant

 (păj′ənt)
n.
1. An elaborate public dramatic presentation that usually depicts a historical or traditional event.
2.
a. A spectacular procession or celebration, especially one involving costumed performers or contestants.
b. A beauty contest.
3. A usually pompous or ostentatious display or sequence: "[She] looks on at the pageant of make-believe affections: mannered smiles, overblown handshakes" (Michael Lowenthal).

[Middle English pagin, pagent, moveable stage for a mystery play, mystery play, alteration of Medieval Latin pāgina, probably from Latin, page; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

pageant

(ˈpædʒənt)
n
1. an elaborate colourful parade or display portraying scenes from history, esp one involving rich costume
2. any magnificent or showy display, procession, etc
[C14: from Medieval Latin pāgina scene of a play, from Latin: page1]

pag•eant

(ˈpædʒ ənt)

n.
1. an elaborate costumed procession or parade, often with floats, forming part of public or social festivities.
2. an elaborate public spectacle illustrative of the history of a place, institution, or the like.
3. something comparable to such a spectacle or procession in its variety or grandeur: the pageant of Renaissance history.
4. a show or exhibition: a beauty pageant.
5. (in medieval times) a platform on which scenes from mystery plays were presented.
[1350–1400; Middle English pagyn, pagaunt < Anglo-Latin pāgina stage, scene, platform]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pageant - an elaborate representation of scenes from history etcpageant - an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
representation - an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent
2.pageant - a rich and spectacular ceremonypageant - a rich and spectacular ceremony  
ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance - a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"

pageant

noun
1. show, display, parade, ritual, spectacle, procession, extravaganza, tableau a traditional Christmas pageant
2. contest, competition the Miss World beauty pageant
Translations
عَرْض جَميلمَوْكِب تاريخي
podívanáživý obraz
festspiloptog
élõkép
hátíîaleikurskrautsÿning
inscenizacijaiškilmingumaspompastiškumaspuikus reginys
gājiensinscenējumskrāšņa skate, parāde
živý obraz

pageant

[ˈpædʒənt] N (= show) → espectáculo m; (= procession) → desfile m
a pageant of Elizabethan timesuna representación de la época isabelina en una serie de cuadros
the town held a pageant to mark the anniversaryla ciudad organizó una serie de fiestas públicas para celebrar el aniversario

pageant

[ˈpædʒənt] n
(historical)spectacle m historique
(also beauty pageant) → concours m de beauté

pageant

n (= show)historische Aufführung, Historienspiel nt; (= procession)Festzug m; Christmas pageantWeihnachtsspiel nt; a pageant of Elizabethan times (= series of theatrical tableaux etc)eine historische Darstellung des Elisabethanischen Zeitalters; (= procession)ein Festzug mor festlicher Umzug im Stil des Elisabethanischen Zeitalters; the whole pageant of lifedie breite Fülle des Lebens

pageant

[ˈpædʒnt] n (show) → spettacolo di rievocazione storica; (procession) → corteo in costume

pageant

(ˈpӕdʒənt) noun
1. a dramatic performance made up of different, usually historical scenes, often performed during a procession. The children performed a historical pageant.
2. any fine show or display. a pageant of colour.
ˈpageantry noun
splendid and colourful show or display. I love the pageantry of royal processions.
References in classic literature ?
And when these things unite in a man of greatly superior natural force, with a globular brain and a ponderous heart; who has also by the stillness and seclusion of many long night-watches in the remotest waters, and beneath constellations never seen here at the north, been led to think untraditionally and independently; receiving all nature's sweet or savage impressions fresh from her own virgin voluntary and confiding breast, and thereby chiefly, but with some help from accidental advantages, to learn a bold and nervous lofty language --that man makes one in a whole nation's census --a mighty pageant creature, formed for noble tragedies.
But the funeral passed, with all its pageant of black crape, and prayers, and solemn faces; and back rolled the cool, muddy waves of every-day life; and up came the everlasting hard inquiry of "What is to be done next?
Poulterers' and grocers' trades became a splendid joke; a glorious pageant, with which it was next to impossible to believe that such dull principles as bargain and sale had anything to do.
I am not quite clear whether these articles were carried penitentially or ostentatiously; but, I rather think they were displayed as articles of property - much as Cleopatra or any other sovereign lady on the Rampage might exhibit her wealth in a pageant or procession.
Even this day's pageant had not proceeded without the consent of the despised Jew, who furnished the means.
I do not ask you to be loyal, Erskine; but I expect you, in common humanity, to sympathize with the chief figure in the pageant, who is no more accountable for the manifold evils and abominations that exist in his realm than the Lord Mayor is accountable for the thefts of the pickpockets who follow his show on the ninth of November.
He was like one of those gracious figures in a pageant or a play, whose joys seem to be remote from one, but whose sorrows stir one's sense of beauty, and whose wounds are like red roses.
On they went, however, and had glittered along about a third of the aisle, when another stroke of the bell seemed to fill the church with a visible gloom, dimming and obscuring the bright pageant, till it shone forth again as from a mist.
His wife and daughter saw the dismal pageant from a distance, and alarmed the neighborhood with their cries; they thought the poor man had suddenly settled the great debt of nature in one of his wayward moods.
A great part of the morning, therefore, passed away before there were any signs of the distant pageant.
The present object shall give you this sense of stillness that follows a pageant which has just gone by.
The imagination thrills, and Heaven knows what figures people still its broad stream, Doctor Johnson with Boswell by his side, an old Pepys going on board a man-o'-war: the pageant of English history, and romance, and high adventure.