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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While work continued Friday to stabilize the limestone structure, Michel Aupetit, archbishop of Paris, led a procession of the Stations of the Cross on the riverfront of Ile Saint Louis, an island in the River Seine. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Paris Archbishop Marks Good Friday Near Damaged Notre Dame," 19 Apr. 2019 Most spent their final hours at the spa before a procession of goodbyes ensued. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "To Celebrate Their New Resort Line, Camilla Stærk and Helena Christensen Host a Rum-Soaked and Sun-Dappled Weekend in Puerto Rico," 18 Apr. 2019 Earlier in the day, Queen Elizabeth hosted the daytime gathering following the wedding ceremony and procession through Windsor. Jodi Guglielmi,, "George Clooney Tending Bar, Serena Williams Playing Beer Pong! Inside Harry and Meghan’s Reception," 22 May 2018 The procession turns onto Central Park South down to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 34th Street, then along 34th Street to Macy's Herald Square. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 2018 Information and Event History," 21 Nov. 2018 The procession steps off from West Victoria Drive down Alpine Boulevard, ending at Tavern Road. Cynthia Zanone,, "Your 2018 guide to an explosive Fourth in San Diego County," 28 June 2018 The procession for deputies King and Rohrer is passing by the East Gate of Children’s Mercy Park. Robert A. Cronkleton, Glenn E. Rice, Ian Cummings, Katie Bernard And Lauren Fox, kansascity, "Scenes from Wyandotte County's tribute to slain KCK deputies," 21 June 2018 When the royal procession arrives around 6 in the morning, Queen Elizabeth takes the royal salute. Erin Hill,, "Meghan Markle Shows Off Her Post-Honeymoon Glow as She Arrives for Her First Trooping the Colour," 9 June 2018 The rival processions eyed each other carefully, cautiously. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "UT beats Texas Southern to set up meeting with Texas A&M," 1 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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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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