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Other Pageant Definition

[n] an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
[n] a rich and spectacular ceremony

Synonyms

pageantry, pageantry

Misc. Definitions

\Pag"eant\ (p[a^]j"ent or p[=a]"jent; 277), n. [OE. pagent, pagen, originally, a movable scaffold or stage, hence, what was exhibited on it, fr. LL. pagina, akin to pangere to fasten; cf. L. pagina page, leaf, slab, compaginare to join together, compages a joining together, structure. See {Pact}, {Page} of a book.]
1. A theatrical exhibition; a spectacle. ``A pageant truly played.'' --Shak. To see sad pageants of men's miseries. --Spenser.
2. An elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainmeut of a distinguished personage, or of the public; a show, spectacle, or display. The gaze of fools, and pageant of a day ! --Pope. We love the man, the paltry pageant you. --Cowper.
\Pag"eant\, a. Of the nature of a pageant; spectacular. ``Pageant pomp.'' --Dryden.
\Pag"eant\, v. t. To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic. [R.] ``He pageants us.'' --Shak.

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