pageant

play
noun pag·eant \ˈpa-jənt\

Definition of pageant

  1. 1a :  a mere show :  pretenseb :  an ostentatious display

  2. 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

  3. 3 :  pageantry 1

Examples of pageant in a Sentence

  1. They disagreed with the pageant judges.

  2. Their church puts on an annual Christmas pageant.

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Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for English Language Learners

pageant

play
noun

Definition of pageant for English Language Learners

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


PAGEANT Defined for Kids

pageant

play
noun pag·eant \ˈpa-jənt\

Definition of pageant for Students

  1. 1 :  a grand and fancy public ceremony and display

  2. 2 :  an entertainment made up of scenes based on history or legend a Christmas pageant

  3. 3 :  a contest in which a group of women or girls are judged a beauty pageant



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