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



    BrE BrE//prəˈseʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈseʃn//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a line of people or vehicles that move along slowly, especially as part of a ceremony; the act of moving in this way a funeral procession a torchlight procession The procession made its way down the hill. Groups of unemployed people from all over the country marched in procession to the capital.
  2. 2[countable] a number of people who come one after the other A procession of waiters appeared bearing trays of food.
  3. Word Originlate Old English, via Old French from Latin processio(n-), from procedere ‘move forward’, from pro- ‘forward’ + cedere ‘go’.Extra examples The children marched in procession behind the band. The funeral procession moved slowly down the avenue. The mayor of the town led the procession to the central square. The solemn procession wound its way through the narrow streets. We’ve had an endless procession of new secretaries through the office since Amy left. a procession of circus performers a procession through the heart of Hong Kong when the procession reached the edge of the village Eight cars led the funeral procession. Protesters marched in procession to the town hall. They borrowed my truck for the carnival procession. Traffic came to a standstill as the procession made its way through the streets.
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