[mahrch-past, -pahst]


a parade or procession, especially of troops past a reviewing stand.

Origin of march-past

First recorded in 1875–80; noun use of verb phrase march past Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for march-past

review, procession, promenade, train, drill, spectacle, array

Examples from the Web for march-past

Historical Examples of march-past

  • I have been here several days, watching them come and go; it is like the march-past of an army.

    Italian Hours

    Henry James

  • Their consorts with their suite watched the march-past from landaus.


    Louis Couperus

  • We had hit a lucky moment, evidently there was going to be a march-past or some thing like that.

  • His Majesty hopes, when the march-past is over, to receive a march-up of fair ladies.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • The footpaths were lined pretty thickly with loungers who had stood to watch the march-past of a regiment of Zeibecks.

    The Making Of A Novelist

    David Christie Murray