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

Terrified people scattered, with some running into an elephant at the front of the procession. Washington Post, "Elephant injures 18 in Sri Lanka Buddhist pageant," 10 Sep. 2019 Religious meetings do not require police approval, though authorities said late Friday that organizers of a procession with more than 30 people must notify police. Ken Moritsugu And Raf Wober,, "Hong Kong police storm subway with batons as protests rage for 13th consecutive weekend," 31 Aug. 2019 This is part of the procession that will now accompany Col. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Vietnam War pilot's remains flown home to Texas by his son, a Southwest pilot," 8 Aug. 2019 The origins of the procession were probably rooted in a religious festival meant to bring about plentiful harvests. Andrea Frediani, National Geographic, "Julius Caesar came. He saw. He conquered. Here's how Rome celebrated.," 10 July 2019 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has attended every day of every meeting for the last 64 years and her arrival at the head of the royal procession traditionally heralds the start of racing. Ben Church, CNN, "Royal Ascot 2019: Queen Elizabeth II leads royal procession, Prince Harry, Meghan absent," 18 June 2019 The leader of the procession also balances a fishing rod over its shoulder, whose catch is ironically tuna cans instead of actual fish. Lillian Dondero, ELLE Decor, "What to Expect at This Year's Politically-Charged Whitney Biennial," 14 June 2019 Festival personnel worked the band into one of the last slots, bringing up the rear of the procession., "They missed the Starlight, but Canby High marching band plays an even bigger stage at Grand Floral Parade," 8 June 2019 Fernández Mallo’s work arrives in the United States as part of a procession of books that have foregrounded the velocity of their composition. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Mallo My!," 10 Mar. 2019

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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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recurring in steady succession

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