pag·​eant | \ ˈpa-jənt How to pronounce pageant (audio) \

Definition of pageant

1a : a mere show : pretense
b : an ostentatious display
2 : 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

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Examples of pageant in a Sentence

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

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In 2015, the agency – known as WME-IMG — acquired the Miss Universe pageant from Trump. Stacy Perman,, "Trump’s transition team vetted Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel," 24 June 2019 The pageant will be held June 15 at the Copley Theatre in downtown Aurora. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Fundraising continues for Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival," 6 June 2019 For the pageant part of the movie, producers used Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta (population 61,048), while school scenes were shot at Marietta Middle and High Schools. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Netflix's New 'Dumplin'' Movie Was Actually Filmed in These Small Georgia Towns," 16 Dec. 2018 The pageant should value these achievements more highly in scoring. Hilary Levey Friedman, Fortune, "Why Banning Swimsuits Won't Fix Miss America," 6 June 2018 Temple Taggart McDowell The former Miss Utah competed in the 1997 Miss USA pageant. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "These are the women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault or unwanted advances," 24 June 2019 Like a preening pageant contestant, the restaurant is beautiful and knows it. Michael Mayo,, "Review: The Terrace Grill at the Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale is a good-looking disappointment," 20 June 2019 But in fact, this was the first ever Miss Dog Mom USA pageant. Rachel Syme, New York Times, "The Real Dog Moms of New York City," 14 June 2019 Fellow Bachelor contestant Caelynn Miller-Keyes was Miss North Carolina USA, and beat out Hannah in the Miss USA pageant. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Hannah Brown, the 'Bachelor' Star Looking for "Fierce Love"?," 6 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of pageant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pageant

Middle English pagyn, padgeant, literally, scene of a play, from Anglo-French pagine, pagent, from Medieval Latin pagina, perhaps from Latin, page

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English Language Learners Definition of pageant

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


pag·​eant | \ ˈpa-jənt How to pronounce pageant (audio) \

Kids Definition of pageant

1 : a grand and fancy public ceremony and display
2 : an entertainment made up of scenes based on history or legend a Christmas pageant
3 : a contest in which a group of women or girls are judged a beauty pageant

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