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pageant

Noun

1 an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes [syn: pageantry]
2 a rich and spectacular ceremony [syn: pageantry]

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Etymology

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Extensive Definition

A pageant can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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