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pageantry

[paj-uh n-tree] /ˈpædʒ ən tri/
noun, plural pageantries.
1.
spectacular display; pomp:
the pageantry of a coronation.
2.
mere show; empty display.
3.
pageants collectively; pageants and the performance of pageants.
Origin of pageantry
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; pageant + -ry
Synonyms
1. spectacle, ceremony, show.
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  • Nor does this mission march always with the pageantry of external triumph.

    Chosen Peoples

    Israel Zangwill
  • In pageantry, and especially equestrian pageantry, he is most effective.

    The Indian Today Charles A. Eastman
  • He began the battle with all the solemnity and pageantry of a hero of romance.

  • But pleasure, pomp, and pageantry were not the sole uses of these guilds in olden days.

  • At all these places he was received with great parade and pageantry.

    Richard III Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for pageantry

pageantry

/ˈpædʒəntrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
spectacular display or ceremony
2.
(archaic) pageants collectively
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Word Origin and History for pageantry
n.

"splendid display," 1650s; see pageant + -ry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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