parade

noun
pa·​rade | \ pə-ˈrād How to pronounce parade (audio) \

Definition of parade

 (Entry 1 of 2)
1 : a pompous show : exhibition
2a : the ceremonial formation of a body of troops before a superior officer
b : a place where troops assemble regularly for parade
3a : an informal procession
b : a public procession
c : a usually lengthy array or succession a parade of visitors
4a : a place for strolling
b : those who promenade

parade

verb
paraded; parading
Definition of parade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to maneuver or march : marshal
2 : promenade
3 : to exhibit ostentatiously

intransitive verb

1 : to march in or as if in a procession
2 : promenade
3a : show off
b : masquerade myths which parade as modern science— M. R. Cohen

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Verb

parader noun

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Verb

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine. showed her snapshots to the whole group exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly. exhibit paintings at a gallery display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage. display sale items expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying. sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying. parading their piety for all to see flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading. nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

Examples of parade in a Sentence

Noun the annual Thanksgiving Day parade After the team won the championship, the city threw a parade for them. The town will put on a parade. The marching band lined up for the homecoming parade. Verb The team and its fans paraded down the street. Protesters paraded in front of City Hall. The models paraded up and down the runway. She paraded around on the beach in her bikini. The victors paraded the prisoners through the streets.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The missile was unveiled Thursday at a Pyongyang military parade overseen by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "North Korea likely 'had help from China' designing new submarine-launched missile: Gordon Chang," 16 Jan. 2021 One of the most puzzling sights at the parade Thursday, however, was the fact very few people photographed were wearing masks. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea unveils submarine-launched ballistic missile at military parade," 14 Jan. 2021 The North Korean leader, who turned 37 on Friday, hasn’t made substantive comments on his weapons program since unveiling a new intercontinental ballistic missile at an October military parade. Jon Herskovitz, Bloomberg.com, "North Korea Greets Biden With Plans to Boost Nuclear Arsenal," 8 Jan. 2021 Lamé textures and frills felt especially appropriate on Christmas Day, and at Disney’s annual parade, Julianne Hough delivered both in Joseph Altuzarra’s ruffled one-shoulder ‘Kamala’ dress. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, the Best Dressed Stars Made the Yuletide Bright," 28 Dec. 2020 Many households have a real-life Grinch—a family member who balks at the look-alike parade. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Matching Christmas Pajamas Are Either the Best or Worst Part of the Holidays," 17 Dec. 2020 This could include a new rocket North Korea rolled out at a military parade in October, which is designed to carry multiple nuclear warheads to the U.S. homeland. Jon Herskovitz, Fortune, "Kim Jong-un likely to let his missiles do the talking as Biden enters the White House," 29 Nov. 2020 Two legendary performers didn't need to board floats to steal the show at the parade. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Best Moments of the 94th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," 26 Nov. 2020 Last month, North Korea showed off a massive new intercontinental ballistic missile at a military parade in Pyongyang, and experts wonder when a test might take place. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "North Korea watches Biden victory with one finger on the missile test trigger," 9 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sometimes Frost is drawn into an investigation by some flamboyantly outré occurrence, as when a young woman is hired to parade down Fifth Avenue with a colorful exotic bird perched on her shoulder. Washington Post, "Old mysteries and adventure stories deliver a dose Grand Guignol theatricality and nonstop comic-book action," 24 Feb. 2021 Fall 2021 presentation takes viewers behind the scenes, sharing the story of one of its seamstresses, before models parade down an aisle of a sewing studio runway-style. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "Designers Reach New Creative Heights at New York Fashion Week Day 3," 18 Feb. 2021 Although the super canine krewe still has all paws crossed that its members will be able to parade through downtown Covington by the afternoon of April 25, there's still plenty of Mardi Gras fun to be had this month and next. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "The Mardi Paws Krewe offers safe Carnival fun with Mutty Graw antics," 11 Jan. 2021 The Battle of Flowers parade draws in massive crowds, sometimes topping more than 550,000 visitors, according to the Battle of Flowers website. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, "'Fiesta isn't Fiesta without music' - High school band festival canceled," 2 Feb. 2021 Williams rallied a family of firefighters and EMS workers to parade by her home. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "Graduation parade held for fallen Dallas firefighter's daughter," 16 Dec. 2020 Cooper's announcement affects parades in Mandeville and in Slidell, where four krewes had been planning to parade the final weekend in January. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "No Carnival parades for St. Tammany in 2021 due to coronavirus outlook, parish president says," 3 Dec. 2020 Santa Claus — without his usual entourage of school groups — will parade through town starting at 2:30 p.m. Sarah Bonnette|contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "St. Tammany holiday events spreading cheer responsibly this season," 24 Nov. 2020 Biden has also told reporters that there likely won't be parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, as there has been during inaugurations past. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's Inauguration: What You Need to Know About the Event," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of parade

Noun

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for parade

Noun

borrowed from French, "show, display (of an object to demonstrate its value), show of military force, cavalry procession," going back to Middle French, from parer "to prepare, adorn, dress (a person) with care" (going back to Old French) + -ade -ade — more at pare

Verb

derivative of parade entry 1

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The first known use of parade was circa 1656

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26 Feb 2021

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“Parade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parade. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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parade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a public celebration of a special day or event that usually includes many people and groups moving down a street by marching or riding in cars or on special vehicles (called floats)
: a military ceremony in which soldiers march or stand in lines so that they can be examined by officers or other important people
: a long series of people or things that come one after the other

parade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of parade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to walk or march together in public especially as a way of celebrating or protesting something
: to walk in a way that attracts attention
: to force (someone) to walk or march in public

parade

noun
pa·​rade | \ pə-ˈrād How to pronounce parade (audio) \

Kids Definition of parade

 (Entry 1 of 2)
1 : a public celebration that includes people moving in order down a street by walking or riding in vehicles or on floats a circus parade the Independence Day parade
2 : the formation of troops before an officer for inspection
3 : great show or display … I couldn't see the usual parade of ships coming toward the harbor …— Theodore Taylor, The Cay

parade

verb
paraded; parading
Kids Definition of parade (Entry 2 of 2)
1 : to march in an orderly group
2 : to show off We know you're smart. You don't have to parade it.

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