- a large public procession, usually including a marching band and often of a festive nature, held in honor of an anniversary, person, event, etc.
- a military ceremony involving the formation and marching of troop units, often combined with saluting the lowering of the flag at the end of the day.
- the assembly of troops for inspection or display.
- a place where troops regularly assemble for inspection or display.
- a continual passing by, as of people, objects, or events: the parade of pedestrians past the office; the parade of the seasons.
- an ostentatious display: to make a parade of one's religious beliefs.
- Chiefly British.
- a group or procession of promenaders.
- a promenade.
- Fortification. the level space forming the interior or enclosed area of a fortification.
- Fencing. a parry.
- to walk up and down on or in.
- to make parade of; display ostentatiously.
- to cause to march or proceed for display.
- to march in a procession.
- to promenade in a public place, especially in order to show off.
- to assemble in military order for display.
- to assume a false or misleading appearance: international pressure that parades as foreign aid.
Origin of parade
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Examples from the Web for parade
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Circus parades often became as large a sight as the performance itself; one Barnum and Bailey parade stretched for three miles.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
November 27, 2014
Maybe we should have this parade as soon as we can organize it.
On Tuesday, we will once again have a fine Veterans Day parade in mid-Manhattan.
The advantage to having a parade on 9/11 is it would remind everybody that the war started with an attack on America.
The civic portion of the parade numbered about five thousand men.Ridgeway
Shouldn't we order out our askaris with their guns to make the parade?The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
She has entered upon a parade, which she knows not how to quit with a female grace.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
I thought again of that parade and my impression of mass force.
Has this parade gone to your head—or has Sue been talking to you again?
- an ordered, esp ceremonial, march, assembly, or procession, as of troops being reviewedon parade
- Also called: parade ground a place where military formations regularly assemble
- a visible show or displayto make a parade of one's grief
- a public promenade or street of shops
- a successive display of things or people
- the interior area of a fortification
- a parry in fencing
- rain on someone's parade to hinder someone's enjoyment; upset someone's plans
- on parade
- on display
- showing oneself off
- (when intr, often foll by through or along) to walk or march, esp in a procession (through)to parade the streets
- (tr) to exhibit or flaunthe was parading his medals
- (tr) to cause to assemble in formation, as for a military parade
- (intr) to walk about in a public place
Word Origin and History for parade
1650s, "a show of bravado," also "an assembly of troops for inspections," from French parade "display, show, military parade," from Middle French parade (15c.), or from Italian parate "a warding or defending, a garish setting forth," or Spanish parada "a staying or stopping," all from Vulgar Latin *parata, from Latin parere "arrange, prepare, adorn" (see pare), which developed widespread senses in Romanic derivatives. Non-military sense of "march, procession" is first recorded 1670s.
1680s (transitive), from parade (n.). Intransitive sense from 1748. Related: Paraded; parading.