- The definition of a pageant is a beauty contest or is an elaborate form of entertainment consisting of historical scenes and colorful costumes.
- The Miss America beauty contest is an example of a pageant.
- A performance of plays from the Renaissance and other entertainment acts is an example of a pageant.
A Mardi Gras pageant.
- an individual scene in a medieval mystery play
- any of a series of movable outdoor platforms on which a mystery play was performed
- a spectacular exhibition, elaborate parade, etc., as a procession with floats
- an elaborate drama, often staged outdoors, celebrating a historical event or presenting the history of a community
- empty pomp or display; mere show
Origin of pageantMiddle English pagent (with unhistoric -t) ; from earlier pagyn ; from Anglo-Latin pagina, scene displayed on a stage, stage ; from Classical Latin page
- An elaborate public dramatic presentation that usually depicts a historical or traditional event.
- a. A spectacular procession or celebration, especially one involving costumed performers or contestants.b. A beauty contest.
- A usually pompous or ostentatious display or sequence: “[She] looks on at the pageant of make-believe affections: mannered smiles, overblown handshakes” (Michael Lowenthal).
Origin of pageantMiddle English pagin, pagent, moveable stage for a mystery play, mystery play, alteration of Medieval Latin pāgina, probably from Latin, page; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present pageants, present participle pageanting, simple past and past participle pageanted)
From Medieval Latin pagina. late 14c., "play in a cycle of mystery plays," perhaps from Latin pagina (“page of a book”).