Definition of pageant in English:


Syllabification: pag·eant
Pronunciation: /ˈpajənt


  • 1A public entertainment consisting of a procession of people in elaborate, colorful costumes, or an outdoor performance of a historical scene.
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    • Street pageants, parades and outdoor concerts have been lined-up to entertain locals and visitors and the street spectacular should not be missed for those who enjoy the magic of performance arts.
    • They have produced full-scale scripted plays, but their outdoor pageants are the breathtaking highlight of the Public Dreams year.
    • The festivities climax tomorrow in a royal state procession and a colourful pageant of music, dance and theatre.
    parade, procession, cavalcade, tableau (vivant); spectacle, extravaganza, show
  • 1.1 (also beauty pageant) North American A beauty contest.
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    • The celebrations in Samokov also included a contest between Roma orchestras, a beauty pageant and a football tournament.
    • Unlike a traditional beauty pageant the contest is a talent showcase.
    • Years ago I had a friend who was a beauty pageant contestant.
  • 1.2 historical A scene erected on a fixed stage or moving vehicle as a public show.
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    • In 1576 actor James Burbage built London's first public theater, known simply as The Theatre, which was an open-air structure that combined features of pageant wagons, fixed stages, and banquet halls.
    • Dublin's St Patrick's Festival parade takes place from noon on Wednesday when 3,500 performers will thrill spectators with a stream of ingeniously designed pageants.
    • Blocking of major city roads during peak hours and uninhibited use of loud speakers and other accessories for the pageants have raised a hue and cry among the public.


late Middle English pagyn, of unknown origin.

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