pag·eant | \ ˈpa-jənt \

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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Jorgensen will join Miss Wisconsin Tianna Marie Vanderhei in the 2018 Miss America pageant Sept. 9 in Atlantic City. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The new Miss Georgia is actually from Wisconsin," 17 June 2018 Carter wields an appropriately double-edged sword — part staunch enthusiast of the spectacular pageant, part sober observer of the very human beings pumping the bellows behind the curtain. Christopher Knight,, "Jamison Carter's sculptures: Like a carpenter's guide to the cosmos, or earthbound explosions of space," 14 June 2018 The wedding comes just two years after Miss Missouri Erin O'Flaherty, 23, became the first openly gay woman to compete in the Miss America pageant. Leada Gore,, "Who is Deidre Downs Gunn? Former Miss Alabama, Miss America, weds girlfriend," 15 Apr. 2018 Throughout the series, while Adora and Amma are decked out like pageant queens, Camille sports a uniform of a long-sleeve gray shirt and black pants, which are presumably not just a style choice but also a way to cover her scarred arms and legs. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Sharp Objects," 11 July 2018 In December 2015, host Steve Harvey accidentally named Miss Colombia the winner of the Miss Universe pageant. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Emmy Awards fail: 'Big Bang Theory' nomination 'inadvertently left off' list," 12 July 2018 Bridget Oei, a 22-year-old Hebron native and 2018 graduate of the University of Connecticut won the title of Miss Connecticut at the 90th anniversary of the pageant, held at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on June 9. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Hebron's Oei Wins Miss Connecticut Crown," 19 June 2018 Instead of that portion of the pageant, Miss America contestants will participate in a live interactive session with the competition's judges., "The Miss America Pageant Is Eliminating Its Swimsuit Competition," 5 June 2018 Eventually, Hankins was crowned queen of the pageant and posed for photos in a tiara and bright pink sash. Lindsey Bever,, "380-pound beauty queen brings attention to rare disorder that causes constant hunger," 28 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of pageant

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


pag·eant | \ ˈpa-jənt \

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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