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noun pa·rade \pə-ˈrād\

Simple Definition of parade

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  a pompous show :  exhibition

  2. 2 a :  the ceremonial formation of a body of troops before a superior officer b :  a place where troops assemble regularly for parade

  3. 3 a :  an informal procession b :  a public procession c :  a usually lengthy array or succession <a parade of visitors>

  4. 4 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



verb pa·rade

Simple Definition of 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


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to maneuver or march :  marshal

  3. 2 :  promenade

  4. 3 :  to exhibit ostentatiously

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to march in or as if in a procession

  7. 2 :  promenade

  8. 3 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


Synonym Discussion of parade

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine <showed her snapshots to the whole group>. exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly <exhibit paintings at a gallery>. display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage <display sale items>. expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying <sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers>. parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying <parading their piety for all to see>. flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading <nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth>.

show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent. show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words <careful not to show his true feelings>. manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation <manifested musical ability at an early age>. evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something <a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service>. evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs <evinced not the slightest fear>. demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling <demonstrated their approval by loud applause>.

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