- The definition of a parade is a moving display, particularly a public march.
An example of a parade is the Thanksgiving Day march through Manhattan.
- Parade is defined as to bring together for display, to walk around to display, or to march for military review.
- An example of parade is to have bands, cars and floats march through a town.
- An example of parade is to show off a new handbag around town.
- An example of parade is for military forces to gather in formation for display.
Vintage cars in a parade.
- ostentatious or pompous display
- a military display or assembly; esp., a review of marching troops
- a place where troops assemble regularly for parade; parade ground
- any organized procession or march, as for display
- a public walk or promenade
- persons promenading or strolling
- an ostentatious succession of persons or things: a parade of bestsellers
Origin of paradeFrench ; from Spanish parada, a parade, place for the exercise of troops ; from parar, to stop (a horse), prepare ; from Classical Latin parare, prepare
transitive verbparaded, parading
- to bring together (troops, etc.) for inspection or display
- to march or walk through, as for display: a band parading the streets
- to make a display of; show off: to parade one's knowledge
- to march in a parade or procession
- to walk about ostentatiously; show off
- to assemble in military formation for review or display
- a. An organized public procession on a festive or ceremonial occasion.b. The participants in such a procession.
- a. A regular place of assembly for reviews of troops. Also called parade ground.b. A formal review of marching military troops.c. The troops taking part in such a review.
- A line or extended group of moving persons or things: a parade of strollers on the mall.
- An extended, usually showy succession: a parade of fads and styles.
- An ostentatious show; an exhibition: make a parade of one's talents.
- A public square or promenade.
verbpa·rad·ed, pa·rad·ing, pa·rades
- To take part in a parade; march in a public procession: The circus performers and animals paraded down Main Street.
- To assemble for a ceremonial military review or other exercise.
- To stroll in public, especially so as to be seen; promenade.
- To behave so as to attract attention; show off.
- To cause to take part in a parade: paraded the floats past city hall.
- To assemble (troops) for a ceremonial review.
- To march or walk through or around: parade the campus.
- To exhibit ostentatiously; flaunt: paraded their wealth. See Synonyms at show.
Origin of paradeProbably French, action of stopping a horse, from Old Spanish parada, from Vulgar Latin *parāta, from feminine past participle of Latin parāre, to prepare; see per&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
- An organized procession consisting of a series of consecutive displays, performances, exhibits, etc. displayed by moving down a street past a crowd.
- The floats and horses in the parade were impressive, but the marching bands were really amazing.
- Any succession, series, or display of items.
- The dinner was a parade of courses, each featuring foods more elaborate than the last.
- a parade of shops
- A line of goslings led by one parent and often trailed by the other.
- The ground where a military display is held, or where troops are drilled.
- Pompous show; formal display or exhibition.
- (Gallicism) Posture of defense; guard.
- A public walk; a promenade; now used in street names.
- He was parked on Chester Parade.
(third-person singular simple present parades, present participle parading, simple past and past participle paraded)
- (intransitive) To march or to display.
- They paraded around the field, simply to show their discipline.
- To display or show; to exhibit in a showy or ostentatious manner; to show off.
- They paraded dozens of fashions past the crowd.
- Parading all her sensibility. Byron.
- To march past.
- After the field show, it is customary to parade the stands before exiting the field.
From French parade (“show, display, parade, parry, formerly also a halt on horseback"), from Spanish parada (“a halt, stop, pause, a parade"), from parar (“to halt, stop, get ready, prepare"), from Latin parare (“to prepare, in Medieval Latin and Rom. also to halt, stop, prevent, guard against, etc., also dress, trim, adorn"); see pare. Compare parry, a doublet of parade.