noun, plural pag·eant·ries.

spectacular display; pomp: the pageantry of a coronation.
mere show; empty display.
pageants collectively; pageants and the performance of pageants.

Origin of pageantry

First recorded in 1600–10; pageant + -ry

Synonyms for pageantry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pageantry

Contemporary Examples of pageantry

Historical Examples of pageantry

  • 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


noun plural -ries

spectacular display or ceremony
archaic pageants collectively
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Word Origin and History for pageantry

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

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