Definition of pageant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpædʒənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædʒənt//
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  1. 1a public entertainment in which people dress in historical costumes and give performances of scenes from history They were filming a colourful pageant about Scotland’s past.
  2. 2(North American English) a competition for young women in which their beauty, personal qualities and skills are judged a beauty pageant compare beauty contest
  3. 3pageant (of something) (literary) something that is considered as a series of interesting and different events life’s rich pageant
  4. Word Originlate Middle English pagyn, of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pageant

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