pageant

noun
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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Synonyms for pageant

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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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That brings us, inevitably, to Donald Trump, whose long history with the Miss Universe pageant, and of making disparaging comments about transgender individuals, loom large over our conversation. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Miss Universe Is Making History with the Pageant's First Openly Trans Contestant," 15 Dec. 2018 The pageant, trying to reinvent itself, had its share of viral moments, a couple of awkward moments and — as promised — no swimsuit competition. Emily Yahr, The Seattle Times, "Miss America 2019: The best, worst and weirdest moments from the swimsuit-free competition," 10 Sep. 2018 The first victim was a prominent forensic psychiatrist who had consulted in high-profile murder cases, including the 1996 killing of child beauty-pageant star JonBenét Ramsey. Washington Post, "Former White House physician investigated," 5 June 2018 The Miss America pageant has eliminated its swimsuit competition in an effort to move away from judging contestants on their physical appearance. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 Swimsuit competitions are eliminated from the Miss America pageant, quite rightly, but contemporary art and fashion become ever more graphic. Tom Austin, miamiherald, "Hendrix and Zappa once rocked Miami. Today's pop culture is an epic leap away.," 29 June 2018 The Miss America pageant recently eliminated this portion of the contest to mixed reactions. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Proposal Is A Disturbing Anti-Women Episode Of Next," 19 June 2018 The Miss America pageant is run by a non-profit organization in New Jersey. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Miss America to end swimsuit competition. Here's why.," 5 June 2018 Next year, the Miss Black America pageant will be entering its 50th year. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Lewis Black on political humor, coffee," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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pageant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pageant

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

pageant

noun
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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