• WordNet 3.6
    • n pageantry an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
    • n pageantry a rich and spectacular ceremony
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pageantry Scenic shows or spectacles, taken collectively; spectacular quality; splendor. "Such pageantry be to the people shown.""The pageantry of festival."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pageantry Pageants collectively; theatrical display; splendid display in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pageantry splendid display: pompous spectacle
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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:

Here, too, in memory, is a pageantry of old custom with its songs and uproar, victory with its fires and dance.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
Valises, telescopes, all the cheap pageantry of their trade, went the same way.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
The style of the little country church did not admit of much display of pageantry.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
The pageantry of the hours may have been too near to nature to know of shame, it was yet too close to the divine to know of hate.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
At last the June days came to an end, and with it, the gorgeous pageantry of the camp of Radewitz.
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell
Passing lightly over the vices of the court, he dwelt upon its pageantry, its wit, its philosophy, its poetry.
"Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion" by St. George Tucker
Their pageant should be met with pageantry.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
And so, in the customary pageantry and ceremony, George became Mr. Harper.
"Love Story" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
I tried Rome and the Pope, but he was dying, like the King of Spain, and had not, I think, much heart for pageantry.
"Christmas Eve and Christmas Day" by Edward E. Hale
The pomp and pageantry of war gave place to the pomp and pageantry of the Church.
"Hernando Cortez" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

See him exulting in his might
Of pageantry and pride,
Passing unmoved amid the blight
Of hunger unsupplied.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
Peace be to those whose graves are made
Beneath the bright and silver sea!
Peace - that their relics there were laid
With no vain pride and pageantry.
"The Sea Diver" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Make me renounce the world and its deceits,
Its pompous pageantries and gilded baits;
Nor let me idly loiter on the road,
But haste to thee, my Saviour, and my God!
"A Prayer To Direct A Sick Man What Things Are Most Necessary For Him To Ask, And To Meditate Upon, I" by Rees Prichard
Was it to barter peace for golden ore;
To toil; and count the rich the only great?
Or still more wretched, sigh for pomp and power,
And all the weary pageantry of state?
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
Lo, thine eastern windows flame,
Brightening with the brightened sky;
Rise, and with thy beauty shame
Morning's regal pageantry,
To thrill and bless as the reviving sun,
For my heart gropes in doubt, though night be gone.
"The Spagnoletto. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
From din, and pageantry, and strife,
'Midst woods and mountains, vales and plains,
She treads the paths of lowly life,
Yet in a bosom-circle reigns,
No fountain scattering diamond-showers,
But the sweet streamlet watering flowers.
"The Recluse" by James Montgomery

In news:

Britain bid farewell to Diana, Princess of Wales, on a sparkling morning today with a grand tribute as rich in popular pageantry as it was in regal pomp.
Amid Pageantry, a Respite From Politics. IllustrationImagine the pageantry when Pete Rose is finally inducted into a Hall of Fame.
The popular festival is hosted annually on the three islands of Maui Nui as a special time to celebrate Hawaiian heritage with royal pageantry, parades, street parties, concerts and family activities.
Nothing tops the regular season finale in pride, pageantry and prestige.
The summer Olympics are upon us, and already they are spoiling things for those of us who like our summers restful and given over to reasonable pageantry, particularly pageantry in London.
It takes place at night, beside Edinburgh Castle, which adds to the pageantry.
"The challenge of it is putting all of the pageantry on stage," says Smith.
Britons revel in spirit as torch passes to Brazil Pageantry, rock, pop close London Games.
Two weeks of partisan pageantry leave voters with little reason to believe either candidate has a better future to offer.
For Obama in Ohio, a mix of substance and pageantry.
In light of all the pageantry in the standing-room-only rec center, it was hard to maintain the illusion that the wrestlers were legitimately trying to hurt each other.
Pomp , pageantry and unions.
The pageantry is priceless .
The Pageantry of Rhetoric .