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

Their actions led to the first gay pride parade a year later, and stirred an oppressed group to fight for their rights so that one day there would be something to celebrate. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Candy Boys and Girls Got #CottonCampy at the Annual Pre-Met Party," 6 May 2019 A year ago — just after San Diego’s gay pride parade and festival concluded — Sevier sued the members of Congress, claiming that the rainbow flag violates the Constitution’s separation of church and state. Joshua Stewart, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Rainbow flag lawsuit enters appellate court in its second year," 11 July 2018 For a decade, pride parades have threaded through New Delhi’s streets. New York Times, "India’s Supreme Court Considers Decriminalizing Gay Sex," 10 July 2018 The 39-year-old actress — who is expecting her third child and first daughter — spent her Fourth of July taking in a parade in Aspen, Colorado. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Star-Spangled Baby Bump! Pregnant Kate Hudson Shows Off Belly in Fourth of July Photo," 5 July 2018 But the Capitals' championship parade put focus on the local residents, and a city united by its team's title run. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Stanley Cup pays visit to Capital Gazette's temporary offices," 3 July 2018 There are few celebrations of personal expression quite like LGBTQIA+ Pride parades. Marci Robin, Allure, "13 Stunning Rainbow Makeup Looks We Saw at NYC Pride March 2018," 28 June 2018 Lucky for them, comedians Julio Torres and Patti Harrison have some options for potential floats in a nonexistent straight pride parade. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Comedians Patti Harrison & Julio Torres Offer Ideas for 'Straight Pride' Floats on 'The Tonight Show': Watch," 28 June 2018 As 18-year-old Samantha Rodriguez attended an LGBTQ+ Pride parade in Houston, Texas, last weekend, a friend took a photo of her decked out in glitter and rainbow attire, as one does at Pride. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato Have a New Joint Doppelgänger After a Teen's Pride Photo Goes Viral," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And with that, the annual pride festival was underway as people paraded down Preston Street toward Big Four Lawn, celebrating Louisville's LGBTQ community. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentuckiana Pride parade brings people 'out loud and in color'," 15 June 2018 This is a sheer delight, as are the eye-popping, parading gowns, although the ensemble look more comfortable in them than the Chers. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Just belt out 'Believe!' Pre-Broadway 'Cher Show' needs to let the Chers take charge," 28 June 2018 The Soviets paraded all types of military equipment but the most important sightings were of nuclear weapons delivery systems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the CIA Watched Soviet Parades for New Military Tech," 19 Dec. 2018 And when Russia followed that with a win over Egypt five days later, clinching a spot in the second round, fans paraded through the streets and Metro stations of Moscow and St. Petersburg, singing, chanting and blowing car horns. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Winning changes everything for once-ridiculed Russian national team," 24 June 2018 With extended families in attendance, each graduate was paraded through the party under a shower of exploding glitter and booming Iraqi pop music. Ivor Prickett, New York Times, "A Drink in a Bar, a Dip in the Tigris: Mosul Returns to Life," 29 May 2018 Churchill Downs officials have not confirmed plans, but Justify could be paraded for fans Saturday during Stephen Foster Night. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Triple Crown winner Justify returns to Churchill Downs," 11 June 2018 Twitter is a hellmouth parading as a social media site. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Not a cellphone in sight," 9 Nov. 2018 And now pieces of those identities are being paraded on white bodies for profit, entertainment, and fall holiday parties. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Megyn Kelly's "Blackface" Comments Reveal a Larger Truth About Appropriation," 30 Oct. 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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