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


paraded; parading

Definition of parade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

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parader noun

Synonyms for parade

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Miami Marlins World Series odds The Marlins (+100000) share the longest odds with the Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals, so don’t expect any parades down Calle Ocho anytime soon. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "How many games will the Miami Marlins win in 2020?," 13 Feb. 2020 The theatrical entrance follows Jim Carrey's appearance last week, in which Carrey parade onto the stage with a New Orleans-style second line band in tow and a purple umbrella in hand. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "John Oliver Opens Up About the "Petrifying" Process of Becoming a U.S. Citizen," 11 Feb. 2020 Enjoy jazz and period cocktails at the Cool Brew Speakeasy, watch a '20s-themed bed race on ice, ice carving, and a parade down Washington Ave. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg Winter Festival, Frozen Firkins, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 9 Feb. 2020 In 1913, Wells and some white activists from the Illinois delegation traveled to Washington to participate in the historic suffrage parade where women gathered to call for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Nsenga K. Burton, USA TODAY, "These 19 black women fought for voting rights," 8 Feb. 2020 So long as the money is used for election purposes — parade candy bags included — state law allows it. cleveland, "Helium, honey, hair products: Ohio pols’ odd campaign expenses," 6 Feb. 2020 The city is planning to hold a victory parade on Wednesday. David Williams, CNN, "Kansas City's Super Bowl celebrations could be seen on weather radar," 3 Feb. 2020 Overall, the 100-unit parade costs more than $200,000 to put on each year. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Pegasus Parade has no 2020 sponsor. What does that mean for the Derby Festival event?," 30 Jan. 2020 Live entertainment lined up during the 24-day period includes nighttime water and light shows, plus a Mulan parade held several times a day. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Disney Parks Celebrate Lunar New Year with Themed Merch, Food, a Mulan Parade and More," 15 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In celebrating the annual rebirth of Dionysus — the god of wine and fertility — with each new year, the Greeks had a tradition of parading around an infant in a basket throughout town to represent the god's birth. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, "The Fascinating History Behind How Baby New Year First Started," 25 Nov. 2019 Twelve-year-olds and their animal companions parade around a livestock pen for the standing-room-only llama costume contest. Katie Thornton, National Geographic, "The most absurd foods you can eat at the Minnesota State Fair," 30 Aug. 2019 Her handler, a burly firefighter, scooped her into his arms, and paraded her around the auction block. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Following in the Wake of a Storybook Pony," 8 July 2019 And with that, comes a similar crowd of fashion week feens ready to parade the streets going from event to event. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Telfar Debuts Fall 2020 Menswear Collection In Italy," 10 Jan. 2020 Uniformed Palestinian scouts wearing yellow and gold capes paraded past assembled visitors, the sound of drums and bagpipes filling the cool, clear air. Arkansas Online, "Thousands mark Christmas in West Bank town of Bethlehem," 24 Dec. 2019 But this story quickly unraveled, when Chechen fighters halted the advance, captured tank crews, revealed them to be Russian, and paraded them before Russian and foreign journalists. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "The War That Continues to Shape Russia, 25 Years Later," 10 Dec. 2019 Local high school marching bands, the Grinch, Disney characters Elsa, Anna, Cinderella, and Mickey Mouse — followed by Mr. Claus himself — all paraded down Biddle Avenue in downtown Wyandotte to kick off the holiday season. Taylor Nichole Morris, Detroit Free Press, "Wyandotte Christmas parade rolls on, despite bitter cold," 16 Nov. 2019 Abstract theories paraded on the Internet are easily mistaken for concrete realities. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "What Do Republican Voters Want?," 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of parade


circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for parade


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


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The first known use of parade was circa 1656

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“Parade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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



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


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


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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