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

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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 But this year, only essential people like those who perform the rituals and pull the chariots will be allowed in the procession, in an attempt to keep attendance numbers low. Swati Gupta, CNN, "India allows religious festival to go ahead in 'limited' capacity as coronavirus cases surge," 23 June 2020 An emotional Wallace hugged a number of drivers and supporters as part of the procession. oregonlive, "Watch: Bubba Wallace receives surge of support from fellow NASCAR drivers after noose was found in his team’s garage," 22 June 2020 The department is working with state and local law enforcement to arrange a procession from Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix to Rollie Mortuary in Gallup, New Mexico. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Navajo Police Department officer dies of COVID-19, marking departments first line of duty death from pandemic," 19 June 2020 Emotions were on display in the southern city of Hyderabad, where thousands watched the funeral procession of Col. Santosh Babu, one of the casualties in Monday's clash. The Christian Science Monitor, "Trading border accusations, can India and China make peace?," 19 June 2020 Outside the school, current members of the school’s football team lined either side of the road as the funeral procession for Beaty, who played on three state champion football teams, drove by. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Farewell to 'Mr. Indianapolis': Funeral pays tribute to former football player Chris Beaty," 13 June 2020 The funeral concluded with Detroit Police officers in formation, followed by a funeral procession to his burial site in Detroit's Woodland Cemetery. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Family, officers honor Detroit cop who died 3 years after shooting," 10 June 2020 Those in Houston are able to view the funeral procession from streets and sidewalks along the route. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "George Floyd To Be Laid To Rest In Houston," 9 June 2020 Large crowds are expected at the funeral procession after more than 6,000 people attended a public viewing for Floyd on Monday. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "June 9 declared ‘George Perry Floyd, Jr. Day’ in Harris County," 9 June 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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27 Jun 2020

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“Procession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 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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