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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.
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