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
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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But the more notable feature of the hearing was the endless procession of low-income and minority voters, having been terrified and then transported to the hearing by WSPA, the oil industry trade association. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job," 12 Dec. 2018 Ever since its debut in 1924, the holiday event has evolved from a two-block procession of circus animals into what is easily our favorite over-the-top spectacular of the year (take that, Super Bowl Halftime Show). Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 2018 Information and Event History," 21 Nov. 2018 Chesna's body was removed from the hospital, and transported via procession of multiple law enforcement agencies to the state's medical examiner office, where he will be evaluated. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Massachusetts police officer killed after attacked with rock, shot with own gun, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 The space was in the Catacombs of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery—a long, vaulted space lined by a procession of tombs on both sides and normally off-limits to the public. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Brooklyn’s Best Underground Music Scene: In the Catacombs of Green-Wood Cemetery," 13 Aug. 2018 Demonstrators lined up to boo and whistle at the procession of carriages that escorted Akihito and the Queen down the Mall to Buckingham Palace. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "5 World Leaders Whose Visits to the U.K. Sparked Controversy," 12 July 2018 After the service, a procession of squads will take Irvine to Forest Home Cemetery. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Life of Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr. to be celebrated, remembered at funeral," 16 June 2018 The red carpet delivered a procession of modern takes on makeup and next-level hairstyles — each look more stunning than the next. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "CFDA Awards 2018 Best Hair and Makeup Red Carpet Looks," 5 June 2018 But his partisan core has stuck with Trump through a numbing procession of face-plants, petty grifting, violations of norms, or outright illegality. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Congress Wouldn’t Impeach Trump for Shooting James Comey," 4 June 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 \

Kids Definition of procession

: a group of individuals moving along in an orderly often ceremonial way a funeral procession

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