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Meaning of PAGEANT

Pronunciation:  'pajunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
  2. [n]  a rich and spectacular ceremony

PAGEANT is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: pageantry, pageantry
 See Also: ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance, representation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pag"eant\ (p[a^]j"ent or p[=a]"jent; 277), n. [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.]
    1. A theatrical exhibition; a spectacle. ``A pageant truly
       played.'' --Shak.
             To see sad pageants of men's miseries. --Spenser.
    2. 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 ! --Pope.
             We love the man, the paltry pageant you. --Cowper.
  2. \Pag"eant\, a.
    Of the nature of a pageant; spectacular. ``Pageant pomp.''
  3. \Pag"eant\, v. t.
    To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic. [R.] ``He
    pageants us.'' --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: To watch or dream that you are in a beauty pageant, refers to your own insecurities about your appearances. You are constantly comparing yourself to others and how you measure up to them. You may also be subscribing to society's standards of beauty.
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