Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An organized public procession on a festive or ceremonial occasion.
  • n. The participants in such a procession.
  • n. A regular place of assembly for reviews of troops. Also called parade ground.
  • n. A ceremonial review of troops.
  • n. The troops taking part in such a review.
  • n. A line or extended group of moving persons or things: a parade of strollers on the mall.
  • n. An extended, usually showy succession: a parade of fads and styles.
  • n. An ostentatious show; an exhibition: make a parade of one's talents. See Synonyms at display.
  • n. A public square or promenade.
  • intransitive v. To take part in a parade; march in a public procession: The circus performers and animals paraded down Main Street.
  • intransitive v. To assemble for a ceremonial military review or other exercise.
  • intransitive v. To stroll in public, especially so as to be seen; promenade.
  • intransitive v. To behave so as to attract attention; show off.
  • transitive v. To cause to take part in a parade: paraded the floats past city hall.
  • transitive v. To assemble (troops) for a ceremonial review.
  • transitive v. To march or walk through or around: parade the campus.
  • transitive v. To exhibit ostentatiously; flaunt: paraded their wealth. See Synonyms at show.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An organized procession consisting of a series of consecutive displays, performances, exhibits, etc. displayed by moving down a street past a crowd.
  • n. Any succession, series, or display of items.
  • n. A line of goslings led by one parent and often trailed by the other.
  • n. A street, avenue or road.
  • v. To march or to display.
  • v. To display or show; to exhibit in a showy or ostentatious manner; to show off.
  • v. To march past.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The ground where a military display is held, or where troops are drilled. Also called parade ground.
  • n. An assembly and orderly arrangement or display of troops, in full equipments, for inspection or evolutions before some superior officer; a review of troops. Parades are general, regimental, or private (troop, battery, or company), according to the force assembled.
  • n. Any imposing procession; the movement of any group of people marshaled in military order, especially a festive public procession, which may include a marching band, persons in varied costume, vehicles with elaborate displays, and other forms of entertainment, held in commemoration or celebration of an event or in honor of a person or persons.
  • n. A pompous show; a formal or ostentatious display or exhibition.
  • n. Posture of defense; guard.
  • n. A public walk; a promenade.
  • intransitive v. To make an exhibition or spectacle of one's self, as by walking in a public place.
  • intransitive v. To assemble in military order for evolutions and inspection; to form or march, as in review or in a public celebratory parade{3}.
  • transitive v. To exhibit in a showy or ostentatious manner; to show off.
  • transitive v. To assemble and form; to marshal; to cause to maneuver or march ceremoniously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To marshal and array in military order: as, the troops were paraded at the usual hour.
  • To march up and down upon: as, to parade the veranda of a hotel.
  • To exhibit or manifest in an ostentatious manner; make a parade or display of.
  • Synonyms To display, flaunt, show off.
  • To assemble and be marshaled in military order; march in military procession.
  • To march up and down or promenade in a public place for the purpose of showing one's self.
  • n. Show; display; ostentation.
  • n. That which is displayed or arranged for display; a show; a procession; hence, any ordered and stately exhibition of skill, as a military review or a tournament.
  • n. Specifically, military display; the orderly assembly and procession of troops for review or inspection.
  • n. The place where such assembly or review is held, or the space allotted to it.
  • n. The level plain forming the interior or inclosed area of a fortification, corresponding to the courtyard of a castle.
  • n. A public walk, as on an avenue or esplanade; a public promenade: as, the marine parade at Brighton, England.
  • n. In fencing, the act of parrying; avoidance of a thrust by slight movements of the hand and wrist, which place the strong part of the blade above the guard in opposition to the weak part of the opponent's blade nearer the tip, thus deflecting his sword-point so that it passes the body without touching: a French term, used in English for parry.
  • n. Hence A posture of preparedness to meet attack or parry thrusts; a posture of defense; guard.
  • n. 2 and Pageant, spectacle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. walk ostentatiously
  • n. an extended (often showy) succession of persons or things
  • v. march in a procession
  • n. a visible display
  • n. a ceremonial procession including people marching

Etymologies

Probably French, action of stopping a horse, from Old Spanish parada, from Vulgar Latin *parāta, from feminine past participle of Latin parāre, to prepare; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French parade ("show, display, parade, parry, formerly also a halt on horseback"), from Spanish parada ("a halt, stop, pause, a parade"), from parar ("to halt, stop, get ready, prepare"), from Latin parare ("to prepare, in Medieval Latin and Rom. also to halt, stop, prevent, guard against, etc., also dress, trim, adorn"); see pare. Compare parry, a doublet of parade. (Wiktionary)

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  • Blaine bristled internally at the mention of the word parade.

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  • And my friend in Tlaquepaque says she has an announcement of the program that the parade is at 5 on Saturday.

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  • Nobody asked me but I hope the parade is a few days away.

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  • Making this year's celebration memorable, the actor Harvey Fierstein and the producers of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade engaged one another yesterday in a fierce and somewhat indirect debate over whether or not the parade is a sacred institution that should be regarded as above politics.

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