pag·eant·ry | \ ˈpa-jən-trē \

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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The parade was full of the traditional pageantry: fire and police departments, a band from the Naval Academy playing the fight song, and politicians galore. Pamela Wood,, "Annapolis Independence Day parade honors freedom of the press, especially for The Capital," 5 July 2018 While all summits are a mix of pageantry and policy, this one was long on ceremony. David E. Sanger,, "Trump makes a bet on his ‘terrific relationship’ with North Korean leader," 12 June 2018 That bit of empty pageantry means more to them than anything. Drew Magary, GQ, "Why the Anthem Works For Trump," 6 June 2018 The intrigue surrounding the selection was, of course, classic Trump, from an interview process that resembled a matchmaking show to the pageantry of the prime-time announcement. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 The British remain broadly supportive of the monarchy, albeit with a sense of mild irony about the pomp and pageantry that accompanies it, though most have deep respect for Queen Elizabeth after her 66 years of service as head of state. Anchorage Daily News, "In a union of tradition and modernity, Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry," 19 May 2018 Service of scripture, prayer, music and pageantry that reflects on 3 Epiphany mysteries: revelation of Christ child to Magi, baptism of Jesus in Jordan River, and turning of water into wine at wedding in Cana. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do this weekend: Jan. 5-7," 2 Jan. 2018 But there are those of us who like football’s pageantry but love its strategy. Andy Benoit,, "NFL and College Football Are Not the Same Game," 11 July 2018 Though Britain prides itself on projecting pageantry and high theater in its politics, Brexit’s 774 days have better resembled local pantomime: a weak cast, bad jokes, and little to entertain out-of-towners. Sean Williams, The New Republic, "England’s World Cup Team: the Anti-Brexit," 10 July 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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