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



    BrE BrE//pəˈreɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈreɪd//
    Types of road
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    public celebration
  1. 1[countable] a public celebration of a special day or event, usually with bands in the streets and decorated vehicles synonym procession the Lord Mayor’s parade St Patrick’s Day parade in New York Wordfinderanniversary, birthday, celebrate, commemorate, festivity, jubilee, occasion, parade, party, reception
  2. of soldiers
  3. 2[countable, uncountable] a formal occasion when soldiers march or stand in lines so that they can be examined by their officers or other important people a military parade They stood as straight as soldiers on parade. (figurative) The latest software will be on parade at the exhibition. see also identification parade
  4. series
  5. 3[countable] a series of things or people Each generation passes through a similar parade of events.
  6. wealth/knowledge
  7. 4[countable, usually singular] parade of wealth, knowledge, etc. (often disapproving) an obvious display of something, particularly in order to impress other people
  8. row of shops
  9. 5[countable] (especially British English) (often in names) a street with a row of small shops a shopping parade See related entries: Types of road
  10. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, literally ‘a showing’, from Spanish parada and Italian parata, based on Latin parare ‘prepare, furnish’.Extra examples The parade is held every year. The police held an identity parade. The president reviewed the military parade. The soldiers will be on parade tomorrow. They held a parade to mark the soldiers’ return. Thousands of people were at the parade. the St Patrick’s Day parade in New YorkIdioms
    rain on somebody’s parade
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    (North American English, informal) to spoil something for somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: parade