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 Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations were full of lavish pageantry to mark the British monarch's 70-year-reign. Megan C. Hills, CNN, 6 June 2022 The ostensible purpose of all the pageantry was to celebrate the queen’s birthday, which was in April. Mark Landler,, 2 June 2022 The ostensible purpose of all the pageantry was to celebrate the queen’s birthday, which was in April. Mark Landler, New York Times, 2 June 2022 For a cool 360-degree video of the pageantry a few years ago, watch the below: This content is imported from YouTube. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 16 May 2022 More than 1,200 military officers and soldiers will put on a display of military pageantry on London’s Horse Guards Parade, surrounded by hundreds of army musicians and around 240 horses. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2022 The May 9 Victory Day Parade is an unavoidable moment of pageantry, putting Russia’s military and Russia’s leadership on a prominent world stage. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Open Queue Twenty-five years ago, Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty amid scenes of high pageantry as Beijing pledged to leave the city’s way of life unchanged for 50 years. Louisa Lim, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Royal jubilees tend to be a high water mark for pageantry, which is saying a lot in Britain. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pageantry

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Jul 2022

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“Pageantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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