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

Come in costume and hear fun stories, followed by a Halloween costume parade and trick-or-treating in the library. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "Find thrills and chills at north suburban fall, Halloween activities," 11 Sep. 2019 Her face is painted with a skull -- a popular practice during the festival, when revelers dress up in colorful costumes and hold parades. Jessie Yeung, CNN Style, "New 'Day of the Dead Barbie' celebrates Mexican holiday," 10 Sep. 2019 They have been flaunted recently in dazzling hues on golf courses and during private parties at seaside villas, heralded on Instagram fanboy accounts and Rodeo Drive parades orchestrated for YouTube. Hannah Elliottbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Have we hit peak supercar?," 9 Sep. 2019 Several hundred people have marched in Bosnia’s capital to show disapproval of the Balkan country’s first LGBT pride parade this weekend. Washington Post, "Hundreds march against Bosnia’s first LGBT pride parade," 7 Sep. 2019 POWAY Annual Poway Rotary parade is Saturday Palomar Health presents the 55th annual Poway Rotary Parade beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday from Pomerado Road and Poway Road and continuing to Bowron Road. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Club donates handmade teddy bears to clinic," 6 Sep. 2019 The Orange County school district joins an unhappy parade of municipalities that have fallen victim to hackers. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Ransomware attacks on the rise — and small towns are in the crosshairs," 4 Sep. 2019 Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who could make the October forum with two more qualifying polls, also stumped across Iowa at Labor Day weekend picnics and parades. New York Times, "Michael Bennet, Steve Bullock and Other Low-Polling Democrats Soldier On," 4 Sep. 2019 And this year’s rain didn’t stop parade goers from showing up and showing out with their colorful costumes, colorful faces, and creative hair. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Beauty Looks From The Labor Day Parade In New York City," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Trophies will be awarded to parade favorites by the three parade judges. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "55th annual Poway Rotary Parade is Saturday," 5 Sep. 2019 The same can’t be said about Republicans, however, who staged a big show to get the caps in the first place and always like to parade as the party of fiscal responsibility. Veronique De Rugy, National Review, "Uncle Sam Shirks His Fiscal Responsibility in Budget Deal," 26 July 2019 Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost got engaged this past May, but this couple is not one to parade around New York flashing ScarJo's new ring or fill up their Instagram feeds with endless PDA. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Scarlett Johansson's Engagement Ring Is One of The Chicest We've Ever Seen," 24 July 2019 Amazon parades 48 hours of deals for Prime Day 2019, but experts say all that internet traffic will also attract scammers looking to steal shoppers' information. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Beware these scams on Amazon Prime Day," 15 July 2019 Adults parade around in vibrant costumes dancing to lively music with an intoxicating energy that never seems to go away. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "We Come To Fete! The Ultimate Guide To St. John Carnival," 27 June 2019 In the next two days, Conservative lawmakers will select two candidates to be paraded in front of the wider party membership for a final decision on who will take on the fateful (and twice fatal) Brexit chalice. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "An alleged ex-spy is upending Boris Johnson's play for British Prime Minister," 18 June 2019 The 311 graduates of Middletown High School paraded onto the field of the Rosek-Skubel Stadium, and as the sun gradually dipped below the trees, reflected upon their past accomplishments and remarked upon what lies ahead. Shannon Larson, courant.com, "Middletown grads remember classmate, are encouraged to stand up to their fears," 12 June 2019 Clad in a stunning black-and-white long-sleeve dress, Kelly sometimes paraded around on stage or greeted the upcoming musical acts during her breaks. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Has the Most Relatable Habit During 'The Voice' Commercial Breaks," 8 June 2019

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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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