• The Passing of the Pageants
    The Passing of the Pageants
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pageant an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
    • n pageant a rich and spectacular ceremony
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Pageant of Gethsemane The Pageant of Gethsemane

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "Miss America" pageant made its network TV debut on ABC In 1954. Miss California, Lee Ann Meriwether, was crowned the winner.
    • Pageant A theatrical exhibition; a spectacle. "A pageant truly played.""To see sad pageants of men's miseries."
    • Pageant An elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainmeut of a distinguished personage, or of the public; a show, spectacle, or display. "The gaze of fools, and pageant of a day!""We love the man, the paltry pageant you."
    • a Pageant Of the nature of a pageant; spectacular. "Pageant pomp."
    • v. t Pageant To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic. "He pageants us."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pageant Models often smear Vaseline on their teeth so their lips won't stick when smiling.
    • n pageant 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 pageant 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 pageant Hangings of tapestry and the like decorated with scenes, incidents, etc.
    • pageant Brilliant and showy; ostentatious.
    • pageant To exhibit in show; flaunt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pageant paj′ant or pā′- a showy exhibition: a spectacle: a fleeting show:
    • adj Pageant showy: pompous
    • n Pageant paj′ant or pā′- (orig.) a platform on four wheels for the purpose of representing plays, &c
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  • Halle Berry
    Halle Berry
    “I spent a lot of time with a crown on my head. [On her beauty pageant days]”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “A funeral is a pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker.”
  • Wallace Stevens
    “The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pagent, pagen, originally, a movable scaffold or stage, hence, what was exhibited on it, fr. LL. pagina, akin to pangere, to fasten; cf. L. pagina, page, leaf, slab, compaginare, to join together, compages, a joining together, structure. See Pact Page of a book
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. pagent (with excrescent -t), from an older form pagen or pagin—Low L. pagina, a stage—L. pagina, a slab—pangĕre, to fix; cf. Page (2).


In literature:

No wonder there are shows and pageants and other attempts to prove the thing that is not.
"The Purpose of the Papacy" by John S. Vaughan
And the pageant, be it remembered, was, after all, only one of frequent occurrence.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, October, 1877, Vol. XX. No. 118" by Various
The pageant, fantastic, towering, red and purple lighted, passed by.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
The present object shall give you this sense of stillness that follows a pageant which has just gone by.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
But whilst that search was going on, he was safest in London, and was glad enough of the opportunity of seeing any gay pageant.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Like a bird her heart rose up and sang, at the lit pageant of London swinging by.
"Dangerous Ages" by Rose Macaulay
See, from the south Comes the pale pageant that hath never an end.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
The brilliant pageant was over; but Protestantism was expanding.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
Life in the abstract is a gay pageant, the passing of a show, caparisoned in armour, in ermine, in motley, in what you will.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
With this he could easily make a pageant.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett

In poetry:

Lord of the lovely pageant,
Maker of night and day,
Is this a theme for glory,
To give and take away?
"The Eternal Infant" by Manmohan Ghose
To leave thy blissful bosom
'Tis rich amends to be;
Thy pageant show of seasons
And days and nights to see.
"The Eternal Infant" by Manmohan Ghose
He brings no pageants of the past
To wile our hearts away;
But wins our love for those who cast
Their lot with ours to-day.
"For Charles Dickens" by Mary Hannay Foott
I saw the royal pageant glide
In pennoned and in plumed array,
And barons in their armoured pride,
And silken ladies, glad and gay;
"When First I Saw The Tweed" by Alexander Anderson
Unmoved, should Eastern kings advance,
Could I the pageant see:
Splendour might catch one scornful glance,
Nor steal one thought from thee.
"Song XII. - O'er desert plains, and rushy meres" by William Shenstone
Beautiful, beautiful Horicon!
How changed is the scene to-day,
The pageant of war and carnage is gone
Thy waters now bear the light-hearted and gay.
"Lake George, N. Y." by Jared Barhite

In news:

"I put a picture that I'm gonna score for the Pageant on the piano," he explains.
Andy Stott, Tiara Sensation Pageant, Catz 'N Dogz, Stereo, more parties.
You can take the girl away from the pageant, but you can't take the pageant out of the girl.
Talia Bennett says she's 'focusing on going forward', not on the controversy that has dogged the Miss Universe New Zealand pageant.
Why compete in a beauty pageant.
Two pageants, four Miss Americas bring glitter to Muskegon.
Will be in Muskegon for the 2008 Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant and its Outstanding Teen Pageant spin-off.
Pageant is not a drag show.
Pageant tidings from planet Faux Queen.
Jaclyn Raulerson is one of a trio of UCF students to win the Miss Florida pageant in just the last decade alone.
You go, girl: transgendered pageant contestant makes history.
Jenna Talackova, 23, has made history as the first-ever transgendered contestant to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant that began Thursday and concludes Saturday with the winner's crowning.
Donald Trump says his organization is allowing a transgender woman who was born a male to compete for Canada's spot in the Miss Universe pageant - and he's wishing her good luck.
Several girls tried out for the Miss Hawaiian Tropic 2009 Beauty Pageant on Saturday June 27 at Gold's Gym.
There's nothing worse than falling on stage, but for one little pageant princess she hit the ground four times.

In science:

However violent or disturbed in youth, mature elliptical galaxies are remarkably well-behaved members of the celestial pageant.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys