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noun as in spectacle or contest

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Though Willowdean, cruelly nicknamed “Dumplin’” by her mother, is comfortable in her own skin, she wants to shake up her conservative town, and spite her mother, by participating in the pageant.

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I was invited to participate in a homecoming queen pageant, which was in Atlanta.

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When she informed local pageant directors that she wanted public awareness of the disease as her issue, they winced and asked if she had a second choice.

Arguably the most famous of these pageant winners, however, was Miss Atomic Bomb 1957, Copa showgirl Lee Merlin, who wore fluffy cotton mushroom clouds attached to the front of her swimsuit while flashing a 1,000-watt smile.

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Just like radioactive fallout, even atomic bombshell pageants and their sylphlike winners had a half-life.

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Myerson herself appears to have bought into that stigma, offering mixed to negative views on the Miss America pageant.

In 1995, Myerson made a point not to attend the 75th anniversary of the Miss America pageant.

The mayor responded defiantly with a kind of military pageant that was truly bizarre for such a secretive organization.

She reluctantly agreed to make her grams happy, and participated in the Miss Universe Canada pageant, placing in the top 15.

Reform first came in 1935 when Lenora Slaughter was hired to re-invent the pageant as its new director.

The virtuous Almahide is a fit object for the adoration of Almanzor; but her husband is a poor pageant of royalty.

Nothing was wanting, indeed, to give the utmost possible splendour to the pageant.

The pageant of autumn on our hills was 263 over, only an amethyst haze succeeding at sunset time.

These various properties decked out the pageant which each Gild contributed to the common procession.

It was a typical June day, and thousands flocked to see the pageant and to hear the greatest orator in the land.


On this page you'll find 44 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to pageant, such as: celebration, extravaganza, fair, parade, procession, and ritual.

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