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 Russia, like many countries across Europe, was preparing for a fanfare day of pageantry and military parades to mark the 75th anniversary of the Third Reich’s defeat. NBC News, "With parade postponed and coronavirus cases rocketing, Putin pays a somber tribute to WWII dead," 9 May 2020 Still, the day did not pass without some Kentucky Derby pageantry. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville celebrated the Kentucky Derby Day that wasn't, thanks to the coronavirus," 2 May 2020 Once upon a time, Brooks was the force who turned country music into arena pageantry. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Garth Brooks brings hits, high energy and a time-tested game plan for 70,000 at Ford Field," 23 Feb. 2020 Louisville still managed to celebrate the Derby day that wasn't, but expect to see even more pageantry on Sept. 5 if the race actually is run then as currently scheduled. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville without the Kentucky Derby, protests and more in midday coronavirus roundup," 3 May 2020 For all its romantic history and pageantry, the sport brims with anachronisms that are wearing thin in 21st-century America. Smithsonian Magazine, "When the Race Is Over," 17 Apr. 2020 Pre and postgame pageantry allows all to appreciate the sport’s ethos as a national pastime. Chandler Rome,, "For Astros, an opening day with other healing powers," 26 Mar. 2020 Kim's remarks will likely be laced with propaganda and pageantry – along with threats and ultimatums. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "'An expiration date on the bromance': Trump's friendly ties with Kim Jong Un faces new test," 22 Dec. 2019 The pageantry included pre-start songs by the Men of Spirito and a powerful national anthem sung by Jim Cornelison, all performed under a roaring flyover by a four-plane aerobatic flight team. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst Turkey Trot makes its 36th run," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of pageantry

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pageantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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