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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paradenoun

    a ceremonial procession including people marching

  2. paradenoun

    an extended (often showy) succession of persons or things

    "a parade of strollers on the mall"; "a parade of witnesses"

  3. paradeverb

    a visible display

    "she made a parade of her sorrows"

  4. parade, exhibit, marchverb

    walk ostentatiously

    "She parades her new husband around town"

  5. parade, troop, promenadeverb

    march in a procession

    "the veterans paraded down the street"


  1. Paradenoun

    Hence: Any imposing procession; the movement of any group of people marshaled in military order, especially a festive public procession, which may include a marching band, persons in varied costume, vehicles with elaborate displays, and other forms of entertainment, held in commemoration or celebration of an event or in honor of a person or persons; as, a parade of firemen; a Thanksgiving Day parade; a Memorial Day parade; a ticker-tape parade.

  2. Paradeverb

    To assemble in military order for evolutions and inspection; to form or march, as in review or in a public celebratory parade.


  1. paradenoun

    An organized procession consisting of a series of consecutive displays, performances, exhibits, etc. displayed by moving down a street past a crowd.

    The floats and horses in the parade were impressive, but the marching bands were really amazing.

  2. paradenoun

    Any succession, series, or display of items.

    The dinner was a parade of courses, each featuring foods more elaborate than the last.

  3. paradenoun

    A line of goslings led by one parent and often trailed by the other.

  4. paradenoun

    A street, avenue or road.

    He was parked on Chester Parade.

  5. paradeverb

    To march or to display.

    They paraded around the field, simply to show their discipline.

  6. paradeverb

    To display or show; to exhibit in a showy or ostentatious manner; to show off.

  7. paradeverb

    To march past.

    After the field show, it is customary to parade the stands before exiting the field.

  8. Etymology: From parade, from parada, from parar, from parare; see pare. Compare parry, a doublet of parade.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Paradenoun

    Etymology: parade, Fr.

    He is not led forth as to a review, but as to a battle; nor adorned for parade, but execution. George Granville.

    The rites perform’d, the parson paid,
    In state returned the grand parade. Jonathan Swift.

    Be rich; but of your wealth make no parade,
    At least, before your master’s debts are paid. Jonathan Swift.

    The cherubim stood arm’d
    To their night-watches in warlike parade. John Milton.

    Accustom him to make judgment of men by their inside, which often shews itself in little things, when they are not in parade, and upon their guard. John Locke, on Education.



    Parade was an American nationwide Sunday newspaper magazine, distributed in more than 700 newspapers in the United States until 2022. The most widely read magazine in the U.S., Parade had a circulation of 32 million and a readership of 54.1 million. Anne Krueger has been the magazine's editor since 2015.The Nov. 13, 2022 issue was the final edition printed and inserted in newspapers nationwide. According to its final edition, Parade will continue as an e-magazine on newspaper websites.


  1. parade

    A parade is a public procession or display, typically organized along a street, often accompanied by music, performances or other entertainment, for the purpose of celebration, demonstration or entertainment. This event can be held on occasions like national holidays, festivals or carnivals and can include people in costumes, floats, marching bands, military units, and more. Parades can also be organized to honor a particular person, achievement or cause.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paradeverb

    the ground where a military display is held, or where troops are drilled

  2. Paradeverb

    an assembly and orderly arrangement or display of troops, in full equipments, for inspection or evolutions before some superior officer; a review of troops. Parades are general, regimental, or private (troop, battery, or company), according to the force assembled

  3. Paradeverb

    pompous show; formal display or exhibition

  4. Paradeverb

    that which is displayed; a show; a spectacle; an imposing procession; the movement of any body marshaled in military order; as, a parade of firemen

  5. Paradeverb

    posture of defense; guard

  6. Paradeverb

    a public walk; a promenade

  7. Paradeverb

    to exhibit in a showy or ostentatious manner; to show off

  8. Paradeverb

    to assemble and form; to marshal; to cause to maneuver or march ceremoniously; as, to parade troops

  9. Paradeverb

    to make an exhibition or spectacle of one's self, as by walking in a public place

  10. Paradeverb

    to assemble in military order for evolutions and inspection; to form or march, as in review

  11. Etymology: [F., fr. Sp. parada a halt or stopping, an assembling for exercise, a place where troops are assembled to exercise, fr. parar to stop, to prepare. See Pare, v. t.]


  1. Parade

    A parade is a procession of people, usually organized along a street, often in costume, and often accompanied by marching bands, floats or sometimes large balloons. Parades are held for a wide range of reasons, but are usually celebrations of some kind. In Britain the term parade is usually reserved for either military parades or other occasions where participants march in formation; for celebratory occasions the word procession is more usual. In the Canadian Forces the term also has several less formal connotations. Protest demonstrations can also take the form of a parade, but in such cases are usually referred to as a march instead.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parade

    par-ād′, n. the orderly arrangement of troops for exercise or inspection: a review of troops: the place where such a display takes place: that which is displayed: great or splendid show of any kind: a public walk or promenade.—v.t. to show off: to marshal in military order.—v.i. to march up and down as if for show: to pass in military order: to march in procession. [Fr.—Sp. paradaparar, to halt—L. parāre, -ātum, to prepare.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. parade

    An assembling of troops in due military order. Also, the open space where they parade or are paraded. The quarter-deck of a man-of-war is often termed the sovereign's parade.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. parade

    Signifies in its original sense a prepared ground, and was applied to the court-yard of a castle, or to any inclosed and level plain. From the practice of reviewing troops at such a spot, the review itself has acquired the name of parade.

  2. parade

    To assemble troops in a uniform manner for the purpose of regular muster, exercise, and inspection. The parades are general, regimental, or private (troop, battery, or company), according to the strength of the force assembled.

  3. parade

    In camp, is that spot of ground in the front of each encampment, between the camp colors, on the right and left wings.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'parade' in Nouns Frequency: #2744

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parade in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of parade in a Sentence

  1. Adam Smith:

    With the great part of rich people, the chief employment of riches consists in the parade of riches.

  2. Kevin Allman:

    Whenever New Orleanians are happy, they have a parade, when they grieve, they have a parade. And when they're angry, they have a parade.

  3. Eric Moutsos:

    It looks like we and I are in support of this parade, i said I would feel the same way if this was an abortion parade. I would feel the same way it if was a marijuana parade.

  4. James Fenimore Cooper:

    A monarchy is the most expensive of all forms of government, the regal state requiring a costly parade, and he who depends on his own power to rule, must strengthen that power by bribing the active and enterprising whom he cannot intimidate.

  5. Og Mandino:

    The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.

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    • A. bonzer
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