procession

noun
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

procession

verb
processioned; processioning; processions

Definition of procession (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

archaic
: to go in procession

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Synonyms for procession

Synonyms: Noun

cortege (also cortège), parade

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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.

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The procession of Saints takes place 1 p.m. Sunday following mass. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Flea, Carly Rae Jepsen and 15 more things to do in Cleveland this weekend, July 13-14," 13 July 2019 His personal role in the Fourth of July festivities, which presidents have typically avoided (at least since a sputtering effort by Richard Nixon in 1970) so to not politicize them, suggests that the procession is more about Trump than anyone else. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tanks, But No Tanks," 4 July 2019 And as the procession of speakers made clear, Searcy ties together far more than just a handful of cultural groups. al.com, "Searcy Hospital: Fight to preserve an Alabama landmark has only begun," 20 June 2019 However, the procession of dazzling lights in the sky turned out to be 60 SpaceX Starlink satellites that were launched on May 23. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX's Starlink Satellites Put on a Celestial Show Over the Netherlands," 29 May 2019 In 1881, as the burial procession of Pope Pius IX (1792-1878) neared the Tiber River in Rome, anticlerical protesters breached the escort and attempted to throw the papal bier into the murky water. Thomas Albert Howard, WSJ, "‘The Pope Who Would Be King’ and ‘Vatican I’ Review: Rome Infallible," 5 Feb. 2019 Community members waved American flags along the street outside the hospital as the procession of police and fire vehicles escorted the van to the coroner's office. Christopher Weber And Michael Balsamo, Fox News, "Police: Gunman lured firefighters to retirement home," 26 June 2018 Soon after, a procession of police officers made their way down Memorial Drive. Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle, "In pearls and blue, Houstonians say goodbye to Barbara Bush," 21 Apr. 2018 Marchers and onlookers took over much of midtown Manhattan with a procession that lasted hours and paid tribute to the uprising that began at the tavern when patrons resisted officers on June 28, 1969. Anchorage Daily News, "NYC pride parade is one of largest in movement’s history," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of procession

Noun

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

Verb

1691, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for procession

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

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

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procession

noun

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

procession

noun
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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