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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All this pageantry feels like forced unity at a time when calls for unity feel more like calls for obedience. Drew Magary, GQ, "There Is Bravery in Each Other," 3 July 2018 The pageantry and spectacle surrounding the first meeting between a U.S. president and a leader of North Korea's autocratic regime also obscured the fact that the North Koreans agreed to little in the way of specific or tangible concessions. Anchorage Daily News, "'Why can't we just do it?' Trump nearly upended summit with abrupt changes," 15 June 2018 Part of the draw is the pageantry and centuries-old tradition, which is unlike anything the US has. Stephanie Elam, CNN, "Why Americans are obsessed with the British royal family," 29 Mar. 2018 The pageantry of the parade stood in contrast to a gathering just blocks away at 8th and Cherry Streets, where protesters outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office remain camped out. Grace Dickinson,, "With pomp, pageantry and a parade, Philly celebrates the Fourth of July," 4 July 2018 But Trump’s threats do provide a window into a White House that is increasingly merging pageantry with real policy. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump’s Big Trade War Bluff," 5 July 2018 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

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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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