pag·​eant·​ry | \ ˈpa-jən-trē How to pronounce pageantry (audio) \

Definition of pageantry

1 : pageants and the presentation of pageants
2 : colorful, rich, or splendid display : spectacle
3 : mere show : empty display

Examples of pageantry in a Sentence

I like the tradition and pageantry that come with graduations.

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As the United States commemorates its birthday on July 4, Glencoe officials promise to add to the pageantry with extra events this year tied into a celebration of the village’s 150th anniversary. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe plans bigger Fourth of July celebration in recognition of village’s 150th anniversary," 25 June 2019 While there is legitimate concern about big brands appropriating the Pride rainbow for commercial gain, the visual pageantry of store displays can help jump-start conversations with kids. Washington Post, "How straight parents can raise kids to be allies, during Pride Month and beyond," 14 June 2019 But after the pageantry of the opening ceremony and the passionate rendition of the national anthem, and despite the presence of the country's president, there were no visible sign of nerves from the home team. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "France storms to win in Women's World Cup opener against South Korea," 7 June 2019 Her knowing response to the presidential pageantry was left instead to the blink of one eye. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A duchess winked behind Donald Trump’s back. What was she telling us?," 4 June 2019 After a day of pomp and pageantry involving the British royals, Tuesday was a day for politics and protests. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Protesters take to London streets to oppose Trump," 4 June 2019 Going into the North Korea meeting, senior administration officials say, the president has been almost singularly focused on the pageantry of the summit —including the suspenseful roll-out of details. Washington Post, "Can the ‘dealmaker’ president deliver on North Korea?," 23 May 2018 Going into the North Korea meeting, senior administration officials say, the president has been almost singularly focused on the pageantry of the summit —including the suspenseful roll-out of details. Catherine Lucey And Zeke Miller,, "Can the 'dealmaker' president deliver on North Korea?," 21 May 2018 There’s a rule in pageantry that most competitors and coaches know about but never speak out loud: The default beauty standard is white. Glamour, "For Black Beauty Queens, Natural Hair Is An Act Of Defiance," 6 May 2019

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First Known Use of pageantry

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pageantry

: the use of special clothing, traditions, and ceremonies as part of a special event or celebration

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