pro·​ces·​sion | \ prə-ˈse-shən How to pronounce procession (audio) \

Definition of procession

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a group of individuals moving along in an orderly often ceremonial way
2a : continuous forward movement : progression
b : emanation the Holy Spirit's procession from the Father


processioned; processioning; processions

Definition of procession (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go in procession

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Synonyms for procession

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of procession in a Sentence

Noun There was a procession of children carrying candles. The cars moved in procession to the cemetery.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The procession, which ends with the Blessing of the Fleet never had a sanctuary until Baccari and his wife started a drive in 1979 build the Fishermen’s and Seamen’s Memorial Chapel. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Al Baccari, Renaissance man of North Beach, dies at 92," 7 May 2021 The names of the grammarians alone conjure a rich procession: Caleb Bingham, William Lennie, Alexander Crombie, Jeremiah Greenleaf, Rufus Nutting. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "Grammar-Nerd Heaven," 21 Apr. 2021 The Grenadier Guards' band will lead the procession, followed by the British armed services' general staff. Guy Martin, Forbes, "Prince Philip’s Funeral: The Regiments, The Family, The Order Of Service, And Broadcast Times," 17 Apr. 2021 There will be no mourners lining the streets, no large-scale military procession, no military uniforms for the royals, and no singing from the congregation. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "What Prince Philip's Funeral Tells Us About Who He Was," 17 Apr. 2021 They will be separated by a few other family members in the procession, which a spokesperson assured the public has nothing to do with drama. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Prince Philip's Funeral: How to Watch," 16 Apr. 2021 Following the service there will be a procession from Prince of Peace to Currie-Jefferson Memorial Gardens, also in Hoover, and then a graveside service. Carol Robinson |, al, "Funeral and procession announced for retired Hoover Fire Chief Tom Bradley who served 60 years as firefighter," 7 Dec. 2020 On the eighth day of the fourth lunar month—sometime between late April and mid-May by the Roman calendar—a theatrical procession takes place in cities and towns. Liza Weisstuch, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Cultural Experiences to Put on Your Post-Pandemic Bucket List," 27 Apr. 2021 The council’s procession through the day’s agenda was generally routine. al, "Mobile City Council returns to in-person meetings with audience," 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of procession


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1691, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for procession


Middle English processioun, from Anglo-French processiun, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin procession-, processio religious procession, from Latin, act of proceeding, from procedere

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The first known use of procession was in the 12th century

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11 May 2021

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“Procession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of procession

: an organized group or line of people or vehicles that move together slowly as part of a ceremony
: a number of people or things that come or happen one after another


pro·​ces·​sion | \ prə-ˈse-shən How to pronounce procession (audio) \

Kids Definition of procession

: a group of individuals moving along in an orderly often ceremonial way a funeral procession

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