parade

noun
pa·​rade | \pə-ˈrād \

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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Other Words from parade

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 parade starts at 10 a.m., fireworks from the Huntington Beach Pier start at 9 p.m., with live entertainment, food and sunbathing in between. Jeanette Marantos, latimes.com, "Skip the fines and fires caused by illegal shows. L.A. has plenty of legal fireworks displays," 3 July 2018 The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. from Memorial Parkway at North Fort Thomas Avenue. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "A NKY Fourth of July: Where to watch fireworks and parades," 28 June 2018 Oconomowoc's parade starts at 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Oconomowoc, ending in Fowler Park. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this weekend (besides Summerfest), from bicycle races to Broadway," 28 June 2018 Then, a parade starts at 10 a.m. on W State Street in front of El Mariachi Loco and ends at the corner of Star Road and Third Street. Brandon Rasmussen, idahostatesman, "Elk-calling contests. Fried chicken. And of course, fireworks. Your July 4 guide in SW Idaho," 27 June 2018 The parade started and someone handed me a flag—pink, purple, and blue, the bi flag. Stephanie Beatriz, GQ, "Stephanie Beatriz Is Bi and Proud as Hell," 21 June 2018 The parade will start at 11 a.m. ET and will run from 23rd Street to 7th Street. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "When is the Capitals Stanley Cup Parade?," 11 June 2018 Staging for the parade will start at 8 a.m. at 13th Street near the library, with entries lined up to Walnut Street by Ramona Disposal Service. Maureen Robertson, Ramona Sentinel, "Rodeo weekend celebrates first responders," 16 May 2018 The events finish up with the annual Memorial Day parade May 28 starting at noon in downtown Aurora. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora Veterans Week grows to become 'one of the largest celebrations in the country' for vets," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

So don’t doubt Croatia’s readiness to outclass France, and parade the World Cup trophy around Zagreb, of all places. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 And hate: Tiki torch-wielding white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. were on the march, and swastika-bearing neo-Nazis paraded the streets. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "U2 keeps the faith with spectacularly staged 'Experience + Innocence' show at the Wells Fargo Center," 14 June 2018 The baby’s heartbeat disappeared the week before Thanksgiving, and for the last weeks of the term, condolence flowers paraded across Jackie’s desk. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "Nothing Less Than 20,000 Watts" by Susan Finch," 2 June 2018 The artist: Ariane Roesch Where: Gallery Sonja Roesch, through May 26 Why: Anyone fascinated by the way celebrities preen and parade like exotic birds down red carpets might get a chuckle with the central piece of Ariane Roesch’s show. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: Ariane Roesch gives social climbers the red-carpet treatment," 16 May 2018 Edwards and some Klansmen paraded outside the stadium before the concert. Kevin Leonard, Howard County Times, "Laurel's Klan chaos in a time of civil rights," 30 Apr. 2018 There were caring clowns who visit hospitals, ministry clowns who combine faith and silliness, birthday clowns and parading clowns. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Data breach at Saks Fifth Avenue targets customers' credit cards," 1 Apr. 2018 About fifteen minutes before the opening whistle, a large contingent of Leon supporters paraded along the walkway of the lower-level seats, waving large flags and blaring trumpets. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "C.F. Pachuca beats Club Leon in third-ever friendly at Miller Park," 11 July 2018 Dozens of new rangers with automatic rifles paraded on June 13, the 80th anniversary of the park's founding. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "Backed by Prince Harry, conservation group expands in Africa," 7 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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