Pageant Pag"eant, a. Of the nature of a pageant; spectacular. ``Pageant pomp.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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  • Pageant — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pageant — ► NOUN 1) a public entertainment consisting of a procession of people in elaborate costumes, or an outdoor performance of a historical scene. 2) (also beauty pageant) N. Amer. a beauty contest. 3) historical a scene erected on a fixed stage or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Pageant — Pag eant, v. t. To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic. [R.] He pageants us. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pageant — (n.) late 14c., play in a cycle of mystery plays, from M.L. pagina, perhaps from L. pagina page of a book (see PAGE (Cf. page) (n.1)) on notion of manuscript of a play. But an early sense in Middle English also was stage or scene of a play (late… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pageant — m <izg. pȅdžent> DEFINICIJA 1. pov. dramska izvedba koja prikazuje cikluse živih slika s biblijskim, mitološkim, alegorijskim temama; alegorična slika 2. svečana povorka, parada, pompozna svečanost, priredba 3. pren. lažan sjaj ETIMOLOGIJA… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • pageant — [n] spectacle or contest celebration, charade, display, exhibition, exposition, extravaganza, fair, make believe, motorcade, parade, pomp, procession, ritual, show, tableau; concepts 292,377 …   New thesaurus

  • pageant — [paj′ənt] n. [ME pagent (with unhistoric t) < earlier pagyn < Anglo L pagina, scene displayed on a stage, stage < L, PAGE1] 1. Historical a) an individual scene in a medieval mystery play b) any of a series of movable outdoor platforms… …   English World dictionary

  • pageant — pageanteer, n. pageantic /peuh jan tik/, adj. /paj euhnt/, n. 1. an elaborate public spectacle illustrative of the history of a place, institution, or the like, often given in dramatic form or as a procession of colorful floats. 2. a costumed… …   Universalium

  • Pageant — A pageant can refer to: * Procession or ceremony in elaborate costume * Beauty contest, or Beauty pageant * Religion: ** Medieval pageant, a narrative medieval procession connected with a festival ** Nativity play, or Christmas pageant * Pageant… …   Wikipedia

  • pageant — [[t]pæ̱ʤənt[/t]] pageants 1) N COUNT A pageant is a colourful public procession, show, or ceremony. Pageants are usually held out of doors and often celebrate events or people from history. 2) N COUNT A pageant or a beauty pageant is a… …   English dictionary

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