from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An elaborate public dramatic presentation that usually depicts a historical or traditional event.
- n. A spectacular procession or celebration.
- n. Colorful showy display; pageantry or pomp.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An elaborate public display, especially a parade in historical or traditional costume.
- n. A spectacular ceremony.
- n. A beauty pageant.
- v. To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A theatrical exhibition; a spectacle.
- n. An elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainmeut of a distinguished personage, or of the public; a show, spectacle, or display.
- adj. Of the nature of a pageant; spectacular.
- transitive v. To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. Hangings of tapestry and the like decorated with scenes, incidents, etc.
- Brilliant and showy; ostentatious.
- To exhibit in show; flaunt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
- n. a rich and spectacular ceremony
Anyone who participates in a pageant is agreeing to be judged (have their value determined!) on appearance, that's a basis of the competition!
I believe the anti-gay speech has something to do with her being fired but that doesnt mean that the pageant is at fault.
The women she chose to focus on are indeed interesting characters, and the pageant is a strange event in what is, as the father of one of the girls calls it, basically a third world country.
Church leaders have said services and the TV show will continue, though the annual Christmas pageant is in doubt.
Motley entered the Miss Wisconsin pageant on a bet and was crowned in 2004.
The journalist, Gemma Soames, seems to be arguing that the recent Miss University London beauty pageant is a microcosmic example of a change in the focus of feminist activism by cis women away from a ‘retro’ (and, by implication, outmoded and irrelevant) feminism:
An annual beauty pageant is also held, as well as various health and HIV/AIDS seminars.
Turning the whole conflict into a pageant is exploitative, in bad taste, and extremely unflattering to the father.
As a result, the pageant is full of people in college, hoping to go to college, hoping to go to grad school, hoping to go to law or medical school.
The Miss Digital World pageant is a beauty contest for digitally-rendered women such as Lara Croft and Ananova.