Definitions for pageantˈpædʒ ənt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an elaborate costumed procession or parade, often with floats, forming part of public or social festivities.
an elaborate public spectacle illustrative of the history of a place, institution, or the like.
something comparable to such a spectacle or procession in its variety or grandeur:
the pageant of Renaissance history.
a show or exhibition:
a beauty pageant.
(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
an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
a rich and spectacular ceremony
An elaborate public display, especially a parade in historical or traditional costume.
A spectacular ceremony.
A beauty pageant.
Origin: From pagina.
a theatrical exhibition; a spectacle
an elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainmeut of a distinguished personage, or of the public; a show, spectacle, or display
of the nature of a pageant; spectacular
to exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic
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
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a dramatic performance made up of different, usually historical scenes, often performed during a procession
The children performed a historical pageant.
- مَوْكِب تاريخيArabic
- драматизиране на моменти от историятаBulgarian
- espetáculoPortuguese (BR)
- živý obrazCzech
- das FestspielGerman
- θεατρική αναπαράσταση, θεατρική παρέλασηGreek
- representación, cuadro, desfileSpanish
- نمایش تاریخی یا مذهبیFarsi
- spectacle historiqueFrench
- הַצָגָה הִיסטוֹרִיתHebrew
- svečanost, proslavaCroatian
- parádé; élőképHungarian
- peragaan sejarahIndonesian
- (spettacolo storico)Italian
- vaidinimas, inscenizacijaLithuanian
- gājiens; inscenējumsLatvian
- pertunjukan dramatikMalay
- historiespill, festopptogNorwegian
- żywe obrazy, pokazyPolish
- نمایش تاریخی یا مذهبیPersian
- ننداره، ښودنه، نمايش، منظره، بى اساسه نمايشPashto
- quadro vivoPortuguese
- spectacol grandios (cu scene istorice/alegorice)Romanian
- živý obrazSlovak
- [historiskt] skådespelSwedish
- 露天歷史劇(慶典中)Chinese (Trad.)
- карнавальна процесія; інсценуванняUkrainian
- تاريخي مناظر کي نمائشUrdu
- hoạt cảnh lịch sửVietnamese
- （庆典中再现历史场景的娱乐活动）露天历史剧Chinese (Simp.)
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