- 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.
pageant definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English pagent (with unhistoric -t) ; from earlier pagyn ; from Anglo-Latin pagina, scene displayed on a stage, stage ; from Classical Latin page
pageant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An elaborate public dramatic presentation that usually depicts a historical or traditional event.
- A spectacular procession or celebration.
- Colorful showy display; pageantry or pomp.
Origin: Middle 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.