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

Enjoy Italian pop and opera, gondola rides, parades and bocce. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summer Guide July 15-21: Festivals and free concerts," 14 July 2018 As this parade passed by the UNAN, clashes began between militiamen and students manning barricades, according to the students. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Two killed as pro-government militia traps protesters in Nicaraguan church," 14 July 2018 The parade lineup also included men and women in uniform — from the California National Guard to the FBI to San Diego police. Morgan Cook, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Rights are easy to lose': San Diego Pride Parade calls for persistence in fight for equality," 14 July 2018 Plus: a butch parade and an art-meets-sports night. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 The beloved children’s musician Father Goose, who hails from Jamaica, will give an hourlong concert at 2:45 p.m. and then lead a concluding parade in which little revelers will march with their crafts throughout the museum. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 The Navajo Code Talkers returned from World War II without praise or parades to welcome them home. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 2018 The market celebrates the holiday with crafts, music, and a children's parade around the grounds. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Farmers Market Celebrates 4th Of July," 11 July 2018 On Saturday, July 14, the city hosts the Rivertown Revival, which will feature a water parade, local music and art all on the Petaluma River. SFChronicle.com, "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Grad news: When La Jolla Country Day graduates walked down the aisle Friday, parading with them in a long white robe and mortar board was an 88-year-old Del Cerro woman. Diane Bell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tom Cruise, aka Maverick, feels the need for a San Diego re-fuel," 1 June 2018 The group is eventually marched into a town and paraded down a main street that bears more than a passing resemblance to Sweetwater. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Westworld Spoilers Club season 2, episode 5: Akane No Mai," 21 May 2018 The Musudan was first paraded in public in 2010, but yesterday's test is believed to be the first test of the missile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New North Korean Missile Fails Shortly After Launch," 15 Apr. 2016 Cousins will likely parade to the free-throw line next season, as defenses give fouls to prevent dunks set up by the Warriors’ tic-tac-toe passing. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "The DeMarcus Cousins Experience Isn’t for Everyone, but Warriors Are More Than Ready," 2 July 2018 The bathing girls will parade around the interior promenade of the natatorium, this procession signaling the inauguration of the night’s festivities. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 29, 1925: Belmont Park dedicated," 29 May 2018 For the second time in three years, Villanova will parade through Philadelphia after a dominating 79-62 victory over Michigan in the NCAA Championship game Monday night. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "Philly to host parade for Villanova after NCAA championship win," 3 Apr. 2018 The identity of the show’s male or female lead is concealed as 10 suitors selected by the show’s matchmakers are paraded on stage. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "Actress and sales rep from Chicago find love quickly on ABC's 'The Proposal'," 11 July 2018 As unfair as parading a rape victim before television cameras, says Rickman's lawyer. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Was alleged rape and shooting death investigation influenced by reality TV cameras?," 30 June 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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