noun pa·rade \pə-ˈrād\

: a public celebration of a special day or event that usually includes many people and groups moving down a street by marching or riding in cars or on special vehicles (called floats)

: a military ceremony in which soldiers march or stand in lines so that they can be examined by officers or other important people

: a long series of people or things that come one after the other

Full Definition of PARADE

:  a pompous show :  exhibition
a :  the ceremonial formation of a body of troops before a superior officer
b :  a place where troops assemble regularly for parade
a :  an informal procession
b :  a public procession
c :  a usually lengthy array or succession <a parade of visitors>
a :  a place for strolling
b :  those who promenade

Examples of PARADE

  1. the annual Thanksgiving Day parade
  2. After the team won the championship, the city threw a parade for them.
  3. The town will put on a parade.
  4. The marching band lined up for the homecoming parade.

Origin of PARADE

French, from Middle French, from parer to prepare — more at pare
First Known Use: circa 1656

Related to PARADE



: to walk or march together in public especially as a way of celebrating or protesting something

: to walk in a way that attracts attention

: to force (someone) to walk or march in public


Full Definition of PARADE

transitive verb
:  to cause to maneuver or march :  marshal
:  promenade
:  to exhibit ostentatiously
intransitive verb
:  to march in or as if in a procession
:  promenade
a :  show off
b :  masquerade <myths which parade as modern science — M. R. Cohen>
pa·rad·er noun

Examples of PARADE

  1. The team and its fans paraded down the street.
  2. Protesters paraded in front of City Hall.
  3. The models paraded up and down the runway.
  4. She paraded around on the beach in her bikini.
  5. The victors paraded the prisoners through the streets.

First Known Use of PARADE


Related to PARADE

file, pace, march, stride
See Synonym Discussion at show


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