noun pag·eant \ˈpa-jənt\

: a play or performance made of scenes from a historical event or a legend

Full Definition of PAGEANT

a :  a mere show :  pretense
b :  an ostentatious display
:  show, exhibition; especially :  an elaborate colorful exhibition or spectacle often with music that consists of a series of tableaux, of a loosely unified drama, or of a procession usually with floats
:  pageantry 1

Examples of PAGEANT

  1. They disagreed with the pageant judges.
  2. Their church puts on an annual Christmas pageant.

Origin of PAGEANT

Middle English pagyn, padgeant, literally, scene of a play, from Anglo-French pagine, pagent, from Medieval Latin pagina, perhaps from Latin, page
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


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