American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Pageants and their presentation.
- n. Grand display; pomp.
- n. Empty show; flashy display.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pageants collectively; theatrical display; splendid display in general.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scenic shows or spectacles, taken collectively; spectacular quality; splendor.
- n. an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
- n. a rich and spectacular ceremony
“You've got to hand it to the Brits: they redefine the meaning of the word pageantry.”
“The opportunity to participate in large-scale public ritual, with musicians, dancers, procession and pageantry, is a powerful way to experience religion and religious freedom.”
“Far away from the extreme of pageantry is real life.”
“Meanwhile the Olympic Torch, in another ludicrous piece of faux pageantry, is to be paraded across London next month, held aloft by a series of 'celebrities'.”
“The pageantry was the point of attention, her developing musicality merely a small float in the middle of a wild parade.”
“Apparently, without "pageantry," we'll never achieve substance.”
“Maybe I'm just feeling like this whole "pageantry" of the federal government is such a lame show anymore.”
“Well, if having a civil marriage in an English castle last week wasn't enough, today's main event in India boasted the kind of pageantry saved for maharajis.”
“As we discussed earlier, I don't think there's any place else in the world where you will see this kind of pageantry and certainly a sense of history as the pope marks his 25th anniversary as pope.”
“What is it -- what else could it possibly be but the Hebrew soul, like a kind of pageantry down the years between us and God, that would ever have made us guess -- men of the other nations -- that a God belonged to us, or that a God could belong to us and be a God at all?”
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