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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An elaborate public dramatic presentation that usually depicts a historical or traditional event.
  • noun A spectacular procession or celebration, especially one involving costumed performers or contestants.
  • noun A beauty contest.
  • noun A usually pompous or ostentatious display or sequence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A scaffold, in general movable (moving on four wheels, as a car or float), on which shows, spectacles, and plays were represented in the middle ages; a stage or platform; a triumphal car, chariot, arch, statue, float, or other object-forming part of or carried in public shows and processions.
  • noun The play performed upon such a scaffold or platform; a spectacle; a show; an entertainment; a theatrieal exhibition; hence, a procession or parade with stately or splendid accompaniments; a showy display.
  • noun Hangings of tapestry and the like decorated with scenes, incidents, etc.
  • Brilliant and showy; ostentatious.
  • To exhibit in show; flaunt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A theatrical exhibition; a spectacle.
  • noun An elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainmeut of a distinguished personage, or of the public; a show, spectacle, or display.
  • adjective Of the nature of a pageant; spectacular.
  • transitive verb rare To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An elaborate public display, especially a parade in historical or traditional costume.
  • noun A spectacular ceremony.
  • noun A beauty pageant.
  • verb To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic.

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

  • noun an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
  • noun a rich and spectacular ceremony

Etymologies

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

[Middle English pagin, pagent, moveable stage for a mystery play, mystery play, alteration of Medieval Latin pāgina, probably from Latin, page; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Medieval Latin pagina. late 14c., "play in a cycle of mystery plays," perhaps from Latin pagina ("page of a book").

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