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.
Recent Examples on the Web Every detail of the day has been meticulously planned to reflect both Philip’s life and the long tradition of royal pageantry. Washington Post, "What to expect at Prince Philip’s funeral," 16 Apr. 2021 The pageantry, the drama and the fantastic potential for upsets is the stuff of great entertainment. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Gonzaga’s Case as the Best College Basketball Team—Ever," 2 Apr. 2021 Before the senator’s dramatic floor speech, the bill must be drafted; the convention pageantry is typically preceded by the monthslong slog of drawing up a party platform. New York Times, "We Expect Sports Stars to Be Heroes. What About Our Politicians?," 31 Mar. 2021 For low- and mid-major programs like the Golden Eagles, getting national TV time — even in an abnormal tournament missing much of the usual in-arena pageantry — is priceless. Mark Heim |, al, "Arkansas-Colgate live stream (3/19): How to watch March Madness online, TV, time," 19 Mar. 2021 An event defined by its pageantry and color will come with nearly none of either in 2021, the result of a series of unprecedented decisions related to the running of this year’s races. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Even a Little 500 without fans this spring is crucial to keeping an IU tradition alive," 6 Mar. 2021 The show-stopping pageantry and unparalleled floss of Black hair shows, including the Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show—the pinnacle of them all—are undeniable. Chanté Griffin, Marie Claire, "Hair as Art," 28 Feb. 2021 The precariousness of the past few weeks made this Inauguration Day one of the most important in American history, and gave its pageantry a new significance. Globe Staff,, "Biden delivers sober call to action: ‘America has to be better than this’," 20 Jan. 2021 The virus has dominated the entire sport, robbing college football of its passion, its pageantry, its fans, its fun, its continuity and its electricity. Mike Bianchi,, "UCF beats USF (again) and goes undefeated against COVID-19 | Commentary," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of pageantry

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 May 2021

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“Pageantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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