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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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 The political pageantry currently being indulged by the press diverts attention from the hard fact of military rule without endangering the national-security establishment’s position at the heart of the state. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Pakistan’s Deep State Seeks a New Patron," 30 July 2018 Surf City USA kicks off its patriotic pageantry early with the Pier Plaza Festival, which runs Sunday through Wednesday by the Huntington Beach Pier at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Luke Money,, "Fourth of July brings fireworks, parades and festivals to local cities," 1 July 2018 The papal trip to the UAE, which began Sunday evening and ended after Tuesday’s Mass, was infused with symbolism, state pageantry and calls for peace. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Pope caps visit to Arabian Peninsula with historic Mass," 5 Feb. 2019 For a cool 360-degree video of the pageantry a few years ago, watch the below: The Balcony Appearance A key part of the Trooping the Colour tradition is the royal family's balcony appearance. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What Is Trooping the Colour, Anyway?," 6 June 2018 Mayor Allan Pomeroy opened the viaduct to traffic on April 4, 1953, in full pomp and pageantry. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019 The battle metaphors are hackneyed, but the league has associated itself with the military in myriad ways, from accepting money for military flyovers to the pageantry of its national anthem. John Branch, New York Times, "Why the N.F.L. and the N.B.A. Are So Far Apart on Social Justice Stances," 22 June 2018 This also allowed the pageantry of a quarterback competition to subsist throughout the summer and until the start of the season. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Quarterback Making Alabama Scarier Than Ever," 9 Oct. 2018

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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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