Definitions for pageantˈpædʒ ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pag•eantˈpædʒ 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.

Origin of pageant:

1350–1400; ME pagyn, pagaunt < AL pāgina stage, scene, platform

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pageant, pageantry(noun)

    an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes

  2. pageant, pageantry(noun)

    a rich and spectacular ceremony


  1. pageant(Noun)

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

  2. pageant(Noun)

    A spectacular ceremony.

  3. pageant(Noun)

    A beauty pageant.

  4. Origin: From pagina.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pageant(noun)

    a theatrical exhibition; a spectacle

  2. Pageant(noun)

    an elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainmeut of a distinguished personage, or of the public; a show, spectacle, or display

  3. Pageant(adj)

    of the nature of a pageant; spectacular

  4. Pageant(verb)

    to exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic


  1. Medieval pageant

    A medieval pageant is a form of procession traditionally associated with both secular and religious rituals, often with a narrative structure. Pageantry was an important aspect of medieval European seasonal festivals, in particular around the celebration of Corpus Christi, which began after the thirteenth century. This festival reenacted the entire history of the world, in processional performance, from Bible's Genesis to the Apocalypse, employing hundreds of performers and mobile scenic elements. Plays were performed on mobile stages, called waggons, that traveled through towns so plays could be watched consecutively. Each waggon was sponsored by a guild who wrote, designed, and acted in the plays. Other pageants in the Christian world have centered on Saints' festivals, Carnival, and Easter, while vernacular agrarian festivals have celebrated seasonal events such as the harvest, and the Summer and Winter solstices. Drawing on this medieval tradition contemporary artists such as Bread and Puppet Theater, the Welfare State, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Spiral Q, and Superior Concept Monsters have used pageants as a potent community-based performance form.

Translations for pageant

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a dramatic performance made up of different, usually historical scenes, often performed during a procession

The children performed a historical pageant.

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