parade

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noun

pa·​rade pə-ˈrād How to pronounce parade (audio)
plural parades
1
a
: a public procession (see procession entry 1 sense 1a) usually to mark a holiday or event
… the Halloween parade is open to all city boys and girls 12 years and younger wearing costumes. … Participants will receive a free trick-or-treat bag and candy along the parade route … The Springfield (Massachusetts) Morning Union
May 30th was Memorial Day, when Americans remember those who died serving in the armed forces. … Soldiers and sailors marched in parades honouring the fallen. The Economist
especially : one involving many different people or groups who travel down a street usually on foot or in vehicles (such as floats)
Pinta and her family planned the parade that featured more than 90 groups, organizations and politicians. Windy City Times (Chicago)
Approximately 50 parade entries include marching bands, celebrities, community groups, public officials and fire/police vehicles. Ivy Weiss
… over 25,000 people dress extravagantly, from colorful bikinis with feathers to … gowns, while performing in steel bands and dance groups on the elaborately decorated floats that form the official parade. Marthe van der Wolf
The parade will feature spectacular flower-covered floats with riders in colorful costumes, beautiful dresses and striking uniforms. San Antonio Magazine
b
: a usually long series of people or things
… the American people watched a parade of witnesses expose the details of a political crime … Karen De Witt
The movie does have one campy casting conceit: a parade of cameos by stars of old TV Western series … David Hiltbrand
Our antipasto was a parade of little dishes containing black olives, fresh sheep cheeses, … and prosciutto. Robert Riche
((British)) … went to see the new street art, which is on the … end of a parade of shops Tim Lewis
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a
: the ceremonial formation of a body of troops before a superior officer
Handcrafted reproductions of miniature 18th-century tin soldiers, … these Austrian horsemen assume dramatic poses of battle and parade. The Smithsonian Catalog
b
: a place where troops assemble regularly for parade
3
: a pompous show : exhibition
The male booby may walk around using exaggerated, deliberate-looking leg movements, displaying his bright-blue legs and feet. Actually his parade is closer to the pick 'em up and put 'em down gait of … scuba divers. Michael H. Robinson
4
a
: a place for strolling (such as a public walk or square)
b
: those who promenade

parade

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verb

paraded; parading

transitive verb

1
: to cause to maneuver or march : marshal
2
3
: to exhibit ostentatiously

intransitive verb

1
: to march in or as if in a procession
2
3
a
b
: masquerade
myths which parade as modern science M. R. Cohen
parader noun
Choose the Right Synonym for parade

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention.

show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine.

showed her snapshots to the whole group

exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly.

exhibit paintings at a gallery

display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage.

display sale items

expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying.

sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers

parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying.

parading their piety for all to see

flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading.

nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

Example Sentences

Noun the annual Thanksgiving Day parade After the team won the championship, the city threw a parade for them. The town will put on a parade. The marching band lined up for the homecoming parade. Verb The team and its fans paraded down the street. Protesters paraded in front of City Hall. The models paraded up and down the runway. She paraded around on the beach in her bikini. The victors paraded the prisoners through the streets. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick happily waved to the crowd during the big parade. People Staff, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2022 Jimmy Fallon smiles toward the crowd during the Thanksgiving parade. Max Butterworth, NBC News, 24 Nov. 2022 At least one person was injured when a truck hit a pedestrian during a parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday morning, according to a Raleigh Police dispatcher. Mallika Kallingal, CNN, 19 Nov. 2022 Members of the Center Stage Dance Academy waved during the parade. Ivy Scott, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Nov. 2022 Jeff Rogers, president of the Waukesha Blazers and whose sons marched with the Waukesha Blazers during the parade, was among those who spoke on behalf of the baseball team. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 16 Nov. 2022 According to Dothan PD, during Saturday’s parade, a group of individuals engaged in a fight near the intersection of West Main Street and Montana Street. Al.com Staff, al, 13 Nov. 2022 More than four dozen people were also injured at Port Clinton Square during the parade. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 Joseph Halm Arcidiacono, 33, faces felony charges after allegedly throwing two cans at Cruz during a World Series victory parade for the Houston Astros. Fox News, 10 Nov. 2022
Verb
In the 1800s, upper-class citizens of New York City would wear their finest Easter dresses and accessories to the large churches along Fifth Avenue and parade down the street when services ended. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2022 The plots revolve around the cultural friction between the women and the roster of dotty customers who parade through the place. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 Young men gear up in black shirts and black face masks, tie ribbons with militant group insignia around their foreheads, and parade their weapons through the narrow streets. Shira Rubin, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2022 The first event of the celebratory weekend is Trooping the Colour, where 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will parade through the city. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 2 June 2022 Later that afternoon they’re scheduled to parade through Jazz Fest with the Lady Rollers, a Social Aid and Pleasure Club of which Ms. Linda is the president. Nathaniel Adams, Chron, 18 May 2022 Vice President Kamala Harris made a previously unscheduled trip on Tuesday night to Highland Park, Illinois -- the site of a deadly mass shooting during a Fourth of July parade the previous day. Adam Carlson, ABC News, 5 July 2022 Watching the marching bands parade down the streets has always been my favorite part of the Rose Festival. oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2022 On August 15 at 6 pm, people parade up and down the main street, making as much noise as possible for a full hour: drums and horns, pots and pans and noisemakers of all sorts. Lea Lane, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

borrowed from French, "show, display (of an object to demonstrate its value), show of military force, cavalry procession," going back to Middle French, from parer "to prepare, adorn, dress (a person) with care" (going back to Old French) + -ade -ade — more at pare

Verb

derivative of parade entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of parade was in 1649

Dictionary Entries Near parade

Cite this Entry

“Parade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parade. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

parade 1 of 2

noun

pa·​rade pə-ˈrād How to pronounce parade (audio)
1
: great show or display
2
: a formation of a body of troops before a superior officer
3
: a public procession
4
: a crowd of strolling people
the Easter parade

parade

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verb

paraded; parading
1
a
: to cause to march
b
: to march in a parade
2
3
: show off sense 1
parade one's knowledge
parader noun

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