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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 ?
Thus, if a man kept his place all a long summer's day, he might see pass before him pageant after pageant until he had seen the whole story of the world, from the Creation to the Day of Judgment.
In the latter case each play might remain all day at a particular station and be continuously repeated as the crowd moved slowly by; but more often it was the, spectators who remained, and the plays, mounted on movable stages, the 'pageant'-wagons, were drawn in turn by the guild-apprentices from one station to another.
While, therefore, an epic like the "Odyssey" is an organism and dramatic in structure, a work such as the "Theogony" is a merely artificial collocation of facts, and, at best, a pageant. It is not surprising, therefore, to find that from the first the Boeotian school is forced to season its matter with romantic episodes, and that later it tends more and more to revert (as in the "Shield of Heracles") to the Homeric tradition.
Eleven strokes, full half an hour ago, had pealed from the clock of the Old South, when a rumor was circulated among the company that some new spectacle or pageant was about to be exhibited, which should put a fitting close to the splendid festivities of the night.
A great part of the morning, therefore, passed away before there were any signs of the distant pageant. In the meantime a profound stillness reigned over the village.
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.
Consequently, all the good wishes, all the acclamations which accompanied his return, struck the young king so forcibly that he stooped and whispered in the ear of James of York, his younger brother, "In truth, James, it seems to have been our own fault that we were so long absent from a country where we are so much beloved!" The pageant was magnificent.
She has lived practically on the tourist traffic attracted by her annual pageants of Parliaments, Boards, Municipal Councils, etc., etc.
I am convinced that awful magistrate my lord-mayor contracts a good deal of that reverence which attends him through the year, by the several pageants which precede his pomp.
Some of his sunsets are like pageants devised for the delight of the multitude, when all the gems of the royal treasure-house are displayed above the sea.
This is the place for the multitude, which with true philosophic spirit, waits until the triumphal pageants have passed, to know what to say of them, and sometimes also to know what to do.
Our ambassadors abroad are the mere pageants of mimic sovereignty.