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

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 Ament noted that the New Berlin procession from the Krause Funeral Home to Holy Apostles Church will include a stop at the New Berlin Veterans Memorial on the southeast corner of National Avenue and South Casper Drive. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 12 Aug. 2022 The procession will then continue under a Garrison Flag, which will be located at South 16th and Main Street. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2022 The procession also includes a variety of marching bands, giant helium balloons, floats, animal and specialty units. Joey Morona, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 After services have concluded, Springfield Township and Colerain Township Fire Departments will lead a procession to Saint James Cemetery, 6111 Cheviot Road. Fox 19 Digital Staff, The Enquirer, 1 July 2022 Christian leaders emerged after two hours of praying to lead a procession of believers. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 To Serene Bathish, a Christian scout leader who helped lead the Easter Friday procession through the Old City, the convergence hardly illustrates an easy coexistence, with Christians under pressure from both Jews and Muslims in different ways. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Each evening, children dressed as angels, shepherds or the three wise men lead a procession. Stephanie García,, 25 Dec. 2021 Monks will hand out small bags of sand and will lead a procession to beach to disperse the sand in the ocean. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Procession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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