pro·​ces·​sion | \prə-ˈse-shən \

Definition of procession 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a group of individuals moving along in an orderly often ceremonial way

b : succession, sequence

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

cortege (also cortège), parade

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Examples of procession in a Sentence


There was a procession of children carrying candles. The cars moved in procession to the cemetery.

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Hindu processions require the groom to ride into the wedding venue on a horse or elephant accompanied by his friends and family, which does not exactly bode well for church settings...but would certainly be something to behold. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Begin Their Pre-Wedding Ceremonies—Here’s What Could Be Next," 28 Nov. 2018 Pierre Casanave, a free man of color and French Quarter furniture dealer, becomes a mortician who notably hires bands for funeral processions in the mid- 1800s. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘City of a Million Dreams’ Review: Every Day a Parade," 22 Nov. 2018 Although the video shows Kate and William's processions in succession, the couple wasn't actually seen together during the graduation, according to the The Telegraph. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William's College Graduation Video Is So Precious," 23 Oct. 2018 Getty Images As newest husband and wife on the royal block, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, drove off together into the distance yesterday for a royal carriage procession the public invitation to their wedding came to a polite close. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Inside Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Reception, After Some Guests Break the Strict Social Media Ban," 13 Oct. 2018 Politics is not what comes up when Ashley Kavanaugh, the town manager for their section of Chevy Chase, organizes their neighborhood’s July Fourth parade, a procession that lasts for all of two blocks and ends with a barbecue. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "The elite world of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 The festival also hosts multiple parades, including the Riau-Riau and the Saint Fermin procession. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "Running of the bulls faces backlash from women and animal rights groups," 6 July 2018 The service came after a cross-country funeral procession that McCain planned himself, including its themes of preserving freedom and serving a greater cause. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "‘Mavericks needed’: McCain Institute wades into election," 22 Oct. 2018 Michael Fellars stood on a roadway outside of North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday waiting to see the funeral procession. Fox News, "The Latest: Firefighters salute, mourners hold McCain signs," 30 Aug. 2018

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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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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


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Kids Definition of procession

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

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