pag·​eant | \ ˈpa-jənt How to pronounce pageant (audio) \

Definition of pageant

1a : a mere show : pretense
b : an ostentatious display
2 : show, exhibition especially : an elaborate colorful exhibition or spectacle often with music that consists of a series of tableaux, of a loosely unified drama, or of a procession usually with floats

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Examples of pageant in a Sentence

They disagreed with the pageant judges. Their church puts on an annual Christmas pageant.

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Other winners at the pageant were Miss Ramona First Princess Karlie Dougherty, Teen Miss Ramona First Princess Loreli Ledezma, and Teen Miss Ramona Second Princess Janee Doomey. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Pageant crowns 2019 Miss and Teen Miss queens," 28 Aug. 2019 Wisconsin was well represented on the national stage when Madison native TeKema Balentine won the Miss Black USA pageant. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Miss Black Wisconsin was crowned Miss Black USA. Now she's back to be an accessible role model for teens," 26 Aug. 2019 The contestants in the beauty pageant sashayed in red bathing suits, paraded across the stage in evening gowns with plunging necklines and answered questions about climate change and human rights. Washington Post, "Mexico crowns transgender beauty queen in bid for acceptance," 30 July 2019 Miss America,’’ became synonymous with the pageant. Wayne Parry,, "Miss America pageant leaving Atlantic City for Connecticut," 23 July 2019 Tiara Pennington, Miss Alabama 2019, will be packing her bags in December to compete in the Miss America pageant. Mary Colurso |,, "Miss America 2020: New city, new date confirmed for pageant," 23 July 2019 The pageant began in Atlantic City in 1921 as a way to extend the summer tourism season beyond Labor Day weekend., "Miss America’s move to Connecticut; BMW’s rewards; Visa’s big profit," 23 July 2019 Host Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner in the Miss Universe pageant in 2015. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Is This A Stolen Super Bowl? Well…," 27 Jan. 2019 The 20-year-old Georgia native stood out among 80 other Hooters girls competing for the sports bar and restaurant chain’s 22nd annual pageant. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Hooters pageant winner Laiken Baumgartner talks giving restaurant chain a new look: 'We're not all blonde bombshells'," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of pageant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pageant

Middle English pagyn, padgeant, literally, scene of a play, from Anglo-French pagine, pagent, from Medieval Latin pagina, perhaps from Latin, page

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English Language Learners Definition of pageant

: a play or performance made of scenes from a historical event or a legend


pag·​eant | \ ˈpa-jənt How to pronounce pageant (audio) \

Kids Definition of pageant

1 : a grand and fancy public ceremony and display
2 : an entertainment made up of scenes based on history or legend a Christmas pageant
3 : a contest in which a group of women or girls are judged a beauty pageant

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