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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Other Words from parade

Verb

parader noun

Synonyms for parade

Synonyms: Noun

cortege (also cortège), procession

Synonyms: Verb

file, march, pace, stride

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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

Ordinary games somehow turn into bloodbaths, featuring double-digit run totals and a dozen homers and an endless parade of sad relievers tasked with trying to patch up gaping wounds with tissue paper. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Rockies-Padres Series at Coors Field Was Bonkers in the Best Way Possible," 18 June 2019 Kate stood at the Galilee porch of the chapel as the parade of Knights passed by. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Is Elegant in Black-and-White Look to Support Prince William at Order of the Garter," 17 June 2019 The crystal blue sky over Orange County soon filled with a parade of choppers. Richard Winton, latimes.com, "This news chopper crew spotted O.J. Simpson’s white Bronco, and the chase was on," 17 June 2019 Then came a parade of clubs, putting West through the wringer. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: June 15, 2019," 15 June 2019 The total cost of the four-day celebration, which culminated with a parade and gathering of roughly 600,000 people on the Mall, was $27.3 million. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Trump still owes D.C. $7 million in inauguration costs as he plans July Fourth gala," 14 June 2019 Disneyland is constantly rolling out a parade of new churro flavors. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Plan a Trip to Disneyland," 14 June 2019 The first few days of the tournament have been a parade of European teams stocked with superclub talent. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Threat to U.S. Women’s Soccer Dominance: European Superclubs," 13 June 2019 Las Olas’ recent restaurant resurgence has been marked by a dispiriting sameness, with a parade of Italian, sushi and contemporary American openings. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Isis also had resisted Jefferson officials’ encouragement to parade in 2019 on a new east-to-west route along Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie. Drew Broach, nola.com, "Here’s the Mardi Gras season parade route in Kenner - and the first krewe that will roll on it," 12 June 2019 The official parade includes over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians, per Kensington Palace. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Why Does the Queen Have Two Birthdays?," 6 June 2019 Trump’s controversial three-day visit to the U.K. has sparked protests in London that prevented him from being able to parade through the city streets, as past presidents have done. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Harry and Meghan’s Instagram ignores Trump’s visit but celebrates Pride Month," 4 June 2019 The Wethersfield High chorus sang the French national anthem and the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard paraded colors before the singing of the American national anthem. Tyra Mcclung, courant.com, "Wethersfield High School students honor veterans during ceremony marking 75th anniversary of D-Day," 6 June 2019 The krewe annually parades in the winter on the Wednesday before Mardi Gras. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "Nyx captain strongly disagrees but bows to Cantrell’s cancellation of summer parade," 4 June 2019 North Korea agreed to parade with South Korea under one flag. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "When Is The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony?," 5 Feb. 2018 What followed was one of the most infamous events of the Gulf War, with the two men forced to eject were captured by the Iraqis, tortured, and paraded to the world’s media. Mark Smith, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Panavia Tornado Is Such a Badass Plane," 10 Apr. 2019 There was a show of military might by the armed forces, while hundreds of members of historical reconstruction groups also paraded in historic uniforms, including from the Middle Ages, the Napoleonic era and the 20th century. Vanessa Gera, Fox News, "Poland marks Army Day with parade, call for US military base," 15 Aug. 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 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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