Meaning of pageant

pag•eant

Pronunciation: (paj'unt), [key]
— n.
  1. an elaborate public spectacle illustrative of the history of a place, institution, or the like, often given in dramatic form or as a procession of colorful floats.
  2. a costumed procession, masque, allegorical tableau, or the like forming part of public or social festivities.
  3. a show or exhibition, esp. one consisting of a succession of participants or events: a beauty pageant.
  4. something comparable to a procession in colorful variety, splendor, or grandeur: the pageant of Renaissance history.
  5. a pretentious display or show that conceals a lack of real importance or meaning.
  6. (in medieval times) a platform or stage, usually moving on wheels, on which scenes from mystery plays were presented.
  7. display or pageantry.
  8. a stage bearing any kind of spectacle.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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