procession

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noun

pro·​ces·​sion prə-ˈse-shən How to pronounce procession (audio)
1
a
: a group of individuals moving along in an orderly often ceremonial way
2
a
: continuous forward movement : progression
b
: emanation
the Holy Spirit's procession from the Father

procession

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verb

processioned; processioning; processions

intransitive verb

archaic
: to go in procession

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
Her father, now 78, retired from the ceremonies after injuring his ankle during a procession decades ago. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 30 Mar. 2024 Dastmalchian played Thomas Schiff, a paranoid schizophrenic and former Arkham Asylum inmate that Heath Ledger’s The Joker disguised as his fellow honor guardsman during their infiltration of Commissioner Loeb’s funeral procession. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2024 Trooping the Colour takes place at Horse Guards Parade and is accompanied by a carriage procession up and down The Mall that stretches down from Buckingham Palace into central London. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2024 The procession left the church, turning right onto the parkway, heading down toward the cemetery. Thomas Lake, CNN, 1 Mar. 2024 Loud chants follow the procession toward the cemetery. Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 The drumline leads the procession through parking lots and up the walking path toward the stadium. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 25 Mar. 2024 Likewise, Lowe’s band sounded convincingly shaggy and unbuttoned, lending the impression of clambering behind the show’s procession like a second line. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 Yet above all, it’s known as a circuit that often produces processions, in other words, very little passing—even more so than in Monaco. Brad Spurgeon, Robb Report, 11 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1691, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Procession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procession. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

procession

noun
pro·​ces·​sion
prə-ˈsesh-ən
1
: continuous forward movement : progression
2
: a group of individuals moving along in an orderly often ceremonial way
a funeral procession

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