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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PAGEANT

As for to-day, the magnificence of the pageant beggars description.

His own inner life was as vivid a pageant to him as the history of the Church.

And this real—not a pageant—not as that thing you made of me before?

Let us watch the pageant that crosses the bridge that Charles built.

Thursday, the twenty-first of January, 1535, was chosen for the pageant.

"Never mind: make a Pageant of 'em," said his brother grimly.

This was the pageant of her beloved England, and hers for the moment was this proud part in it.

It's to be an Anglo-American pageant, to symbolize the school.

The people watched this pageant as they had done the earlier spectacles.

The pageant had been brilliant, as one may read in the chronicles of the time.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "play in a cycle of mystery plays," from Medieval Latin pagina, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin pagina "page of a book" (see 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 14c.) and Klein says a sense of Latin pagina was "movable scaffold" (probably from the etymological sense of "stake"). With excrescent -t as in ancient (adj.). Generalized sense of "showy parade, spectacle" is first attested 1805, though this notion is found in pageantry (1650s).

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