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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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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Following the procession, Mahlon Mitchell, president of the state firefighters union, said firefighters are a brother and sisterhood whose members put their lives on the line for their communities. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mourners, including 700 uniformed officers, turn out to honor firefighter killed in blast," 14 July 2018 Like the knights in the procession, the royals attending the ceremony dressed in a deep green velvet mantle with a white lining and star on the left side. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William's Super Ornate Outfit in Scotland Is Full of Royal Symbolism," 6 July 2018 Dressed in red, white and blue striped attire, the family smiled, waved to the crowds and held miniature flags proudly in the air during the procession, with Samuel sitting close to his mom and Seraphina chatting with a friend. Jen Juneau,, "Parading Patriots! Jennifer Garner and Her Kids Ride Atop a Truck During Fourth of July Parade," 5 July 2018 Still drizzling as Team Alabama began the procession, the rain passed, clouds parted and sun started shining as Team Washington made the final entrance to the soundtrack of American Idol winner Maddie Poppe. Evan Webeck, The Seattle Times, "A little rain gives Special Olympics USA Games’ opening ceremony a Pacific Northwest feel," 1 July 2018 Try to see the 3 p.m. daily March of the Puppets musical procession, part of the arts and family programming. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Five things to make the trek to Taste of Chicago worth it for suburbanites," 26 June 2018 The procession, which brings in celebrities to read the Christmas story, will open on Thanksgiving for the first time through Dec. 30, according to a Disney parks blog. Gabrielle Russon,, "Disney: Dates for Epcot Candlelight Processional announced," 22 May 2018 Palace officials confirmed Friday that Prince Charles, Harry's father, would accompany her for the final part of the procession, down the aisle of the Quire to the altar, in place of Thomas Markle, ending speculation that her mother might step in. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Royal wedding: Princes Harry and William greet fans on eve of ceremony," 18 May 2018 The funeral procession for Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will cause road closures on Friday. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Funeral procession for Baltimore County executive Kevin Kamenetz to close parts of I-695, I-795," 10 May 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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