What does pageant mean?

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ˈpædʒ əntpageant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pageant, pageantrynoun

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

  2. pageant, pageantrynoun

    a rich and spectacular ceremony


  1. pageantnoun

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

  2. pageantnoun

    A spectacular ceremony.

  3. pageantnoun

    A beauty pageant.

  4. Etymology: From pagina.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pageantadjective

    Showy; pompous; ostentatious; superficial.

    Were she ambitious, she’d disdain to own
    The pageant pomp of such a servile throne. Dryden.

  2. PAGEANTnoun

    Etymology: Of this word the etymologists give no satisfactory account. It may perhaps be payen geant, a pagan giant, a representation of triumph used at return from holy wars; as we have yet the Saracen's head.

    When all our pageants of delight were plaid,
    Our youth got me to play the woman’s part,
    And I was trim’d in madam Julia’s gown. William Shakespeare.

    I’ll play my part in fortune’s pageant. William Shakespeare.

    This wide and universal theatre,
    Presents more woful pageants than the scene
    Wherein we play. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    The poets contrived the following pageant or machine for the pope’s entertainment; a huge floating mountain that was split in the top in imitation of Parnassus. Addison.

  3. To Pageantverb

    To exhibit in show; to represent.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    With ridiculous and aukward action,
    Which, slanderer, he imitation calls,
    He pageants us. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pageantnoun

    a theatrical exhibition; a spectacle

  2. Pageantnoun

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

  3. Pageantadjective

    of the nature of a pageant; spectacular

  4. Pageantverb

    to exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic

  5. Etymology: [OE. pagent, pagen, originally, a movable scaffold or stage, hence, what was exhibited on it, fr. LL. pagina, akin to pangere to fasten; cf. L. pagina page, leaf, slab, compaginare to join together, compages a joining together, structure. See Pact, Page of a book.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pageant

    paj′ant, or pā′-, n. a showy exhibition: a spectacle: a fleeting show: (orig.) a platform on four wheels for the purpose of representing plays, &c.—adj. showy: pompous.—n. Page′antry, splendid display: pompous spectacle. [M. E. pagent (with excrescent -t), from an older form pagen or pagin—Low L. pagina, a stage—L. pagina, a slab—pangĕre, to fix; cf. Page (2).]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pageant

    In ancient military history, a triumphal car, chariot, or arch, variously adorned with colors, flags, etc., carried about in public shows, processions, etc. Also gorgeous show or spectacle.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pageant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pageant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of pageant in a Sentence

  1. Osmond Chan:

    If Tony Leung look at Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant, a section featuring candidates in cheongsam has been a must.

  2. Carly Fiorina:

    Somebody needs to remind him that this is not a beauty pageant. This is about substance.

  3. Ferdinandas Petkevicius:

    The only thing we didn't do to prepare the goat for the pageant is we didn't polish its nails - because we thought of it too late.

  4. Cynthia García Coll:

    We love to participate in the Miss Universe pageant and the World Baseball Classic, that unites us like nothing else. All that would be gone under statehood. We would be like New Jersey, my dear.

  5. Miss Cayman Islands:

    The Committee is very disturbed by the video and would like to confirm that the woman is not the reigning Miss Cayman Islands and has no affiliation to the Miss Cayman Islands Universe pageant.

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