pag·​eant·​ry ˈpa-jən-trē How to pronounce pageantry (audio)
: pageants and the presentation of pageants
: colorful, rich, or splendid display : spectacle
: 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 Viewers are drawn to the race’s pageantry, history – and money. Javier Zarracina, USA TODAY, 3 May 2024 And year after year, all kinds of celebrations, from brunches to betting, surround the pageantry of the Kentucky Derby. Amanda Hancock, The Courier-Journal, 22 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for pageantry 

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Word History

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pageantry was in 1609

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“Pageantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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pag·​eant·​ry ˈpaj-ən-trē How to pronounce pageantry (audio)
plural pageantries
: pageants and the presentation of pageants
: splendid display

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