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

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

The Cenotaph was erected for a peace parade following the end of World War I—and November 11, 2018 marks exactly 100 years since the Great War was over. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Lovely Navy Outfit Paired With a Crimson Poppy Pin to WWI Remembrance Services," 11 Nov. 2018 Other armed security personnel shouted at each other in front of what appeared to be a viewing stand for the parade. Nasser Karimi, Fox News, "Iranian news agency: 8 Guard members killed in attack," 22 Sep. 2018 The plans for the parade have varied dramatically since its earlier conception. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "World War I Military Parade Will Cost $12 Million," 19 July 2018 Juliette Binoche, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabelle Huppert, Anya Taylor-Joy, Melanie Thierry, Kristin Scott Thomas and — record scratch — Tina Turner all turned out for the evening parade. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "It Was Black, White and Bold All Over at Red-Carpet Ready Armani Prive Couture Show," 4 July 2018 Image On Sunday, more than 40,000 people are expected to march through the streets of New York City for the Pride parade. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "How a Pastor and a Popcorn Shop Owner Helped Save Pride in Starkville," 21 June 2018 Flagstaff Suggestions for keeping busy when spending a summer weekend in Flagstaff Wochit Arrive early downtown to nab a parking spot and viewing area for the parade. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Best Fourth of July fireworks, events around Arizona," 20 June 2018 Segin, who is from Woodbine, N.J., was arrested around 12:10 p.m. Sunday at 12th and Locust Streets, where crowds had assembled for the annual Pride parade, authorities said. Michael Boren, Philly.com, "Why a transgender woman was sent to a men's prison in Philadelphia," 12 June 2018 Oakland officials estimate that more than one million people will be in attendance for the parade this year. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Live stream: Golden State Warriors celebrate NBA championship with parade in Oakland," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jewish school students will parade and perform national anthems. Staff Report, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Join in Israel Fest at Mizner Park to celebrate state’s 70th birthday," 17 Apr. 2018 The French national team will parade down that famous avenue at 5:30 p.m. local time before making their way to Élysée Palace—the official home of the president—for a reception with President Macron, The Local reported. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How France is Celebrating Its World Cup Victory," 16 July 2018 First, don’t forget Triple Crown winner Justify will be paraded at the track on Saturday. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Still no clarity on Golden Gate," 22 June 2018 He was paraded onto the field for a tribute video, and he was sent into the home dugout for the final time with the roar of Mooooose resonating through the ballpark. Maria Torres, kansascity, "In first spring game, Royals' Moustakas felt weird facing Hosmer but good at plate | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018 Or maybe such beauty is just another distraction, stuffing our hearts with its currency, paraded for applause. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Meditation on Beauty," 14 Mar. 2018 By February 12th, Orpheus had grown to 225 men and paraded for the first time on the Friday night before Mardi Gras in l988 with thirteen floats and as many local and regional marching bands. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Original Krewe of Orpheus rolls in Mandeville: See photos," 10 Feb. 2018 Two of the largest organization stopped parading for around eight years, while others reluctantly fell in line, according to a Times-Picayune article. Michael Dumas, AL.com, "Order of LaShe's make the most of Mardi Gras rain delay in downtown Mobile," 8 Feb. 2018 Can this vehicle transcend its local niche in a famously progressive college/hippie town (where three-wheelers have been featured in Eugene Celebration parades for nearly two decades now) and actually sell to a broader market? Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 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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