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

cortege (also cortège), parade

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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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Tobias Menzies, who plays Prince Philip, was also on the Aberfan set in South Wales, filming scenes of a funeral procession. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Photos from the Set of The Crown Show Its Commitment to Accuracy," 4 Oct. 2018 Ovechkin passed the trophy to Nicklas Backstrom, who skated a small circle with the Cup over his head, the start of a procession. Adam Kilgore,, "What happened in Vegas: All night with the Capitals and the Stanley Cup," 8 June 2018 San Antonians are invited to line the Riverwalk route to those spots, and the archdiocese asks that people sign up online at to be part of the lighted procession. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. to mark St. Anthony’s feast day with lighted procession downtown," 7 June 2018 The data will be displayed alongside the video of the procession into the chapel. Hamza Shaban,, "Royal Wedding Tech: Facial Recognition System Will ID Celebrity Guests," 19 May 2018 Meghan walked unescorted down the aisle of the chapel nave, accompanied in this first part of the wedding procession only by her bridesmaids and page boys. Simon Cullen, CNN, "Thomas Markle, Meghan's dad, says 'My baby looks beautiful'," 19 May 2018 Pope Francis' schedule for Easter weekend includes the Way of the Cross procession on Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome, a Holy Saturday Easter vigil and Easter Sunday Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. The Washington Post,, "Vatican denies report that says Pope Francis believes hell does not exist," 30 Mar. 2018 Thousands came out in Aurora to pray and reflect during the annual Living Stations of the Cross procession Friday through the East Side of the city. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora's Living Stations of the Cross a prayerful tradition for thousands," 30 Mar. 2018 At the end of a procession of police K-9 units who entered the church, the final dog was Pickett’s partner, Brik, a German shepherd-Belgian Malinois. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "For Deputy Jacob Pickett, a memorial almost too big to comprehend," 9 Mar. 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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The first known use of procession was in the 12th century

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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


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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