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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 This year’s ceremony will not include a procession to Maple Shade Cemetery. cleveland, "Rain washes out one Brooklyn eatery, leaves a soggy mess elsewhere: Sun Postings," 18 May 2020 The protests followed the arrest of the Serbian Orthodox Church priests who had led a procession Tuesday that a few thousand people attended without wearing face masks or keeping a safe distance between one another. Washington Post, "Montenegro: Detentions, injuries in priest arrests clashes," 14 May 2020 Other schools have created social media campaigns to honor their graduates, while families organize at-home processions. Pia Ceres, Wired, "Will the Class of 2020 Please Line Up on the Minecraft Stage?," 11 May 2020 Character meet-and-greet opportunities, parades, and nighttime fireworks shows are currently suspended and will be replaced by the Mickey and Friends Express, a special character procession taking place several times a day. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "Shanghai Disneyland Reopening Could Provide a Road Map for U.S. Theme Parks," 11 May 2020 In Greenwood, the high school band led a wild procession through the streets as all classes were dismissed. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "75 years ago: How Indiana observed V-E Day," 8 May 2020 There will be no procession since there can be no rehearsals under Abbott and TEA’s orders. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Crosby ISD announces late May graduation ceremony at Cougar Stadium," 8 May 2020 There will be another procession for Cary in Denver before a final ceremony at a funeral home. CBS News, "Colorado paramedic who died from coronavirus while volunteering in NYC honored," 4 May 2020 Show caption Kent State University student Dean Kahler, who was paralyzed from the waist down by a National Guardsman's bullet on May 4, leads a candlelight procession in September 1970. Craig Webb,, "Kent State shootings: Paralyzed by a bullet, he still loves Kent State, urges others to be 'good citizens'," 2 May 2020

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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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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Procession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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