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  1. a large public procession, usually including a marching band and often of a festive nature, held in honor of an anniversary, person, event, etc.
  2. 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.
  3. the assembly of troops for inspection or display.
  4. a place where troops regularly assemble for inspection or display.
  5. a continual passing by, as of people, objects, or events: the parade of pedestrians past the office; the parade of the seasons.
  6. an ostentatious display: to make a parade of one's religious beliefs.
  7. Chiefly British.
    1. a group or procession of promenaders.
    2. a promenade.
  8. Fortification. the level space forming the interior or enclosed area of a fortification.
  9. Fencing. a parry.
verb (used with object), pa·rad·ed, pa·rad·ing.
  1. to walk up and down on or in.
  2. to make parade of; display ostentatiously.
  3. to cause to march or proceed for display.
verb (used without object), pa·rad·ed, pa·rad·ing.
  1. to march in a procession.
  2. to promenade in a public place, especially in order to show off.
  3. to assemble in military order for display.
  4. to assume a false or misleading appearance: international pressure that parades as foreign aid.

Origin of parade

1650–60; < French, Middle French < Spanish parada a stop, stopping place, noun use of feminine of parado, past participle of parar to stop, end < Latin parāre to set. See compare, parry, -ade1
Related formspa·rade·ful, adjectivepa·rade·less, adjectivepa·rade·like, adjectivepa·rad·er, nounpa·rad·ing·ly, adverbun·pa·rad·ed, adjective

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Historical Examples of parade

  • The civic portion of the parade numbered about five thousand men.


    Scian Dubh

  • 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)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I thought again of that parade and my impression of mass force.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Has this parade gone to your head—or has Sue been talking to you again?

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for parade


  1. an ordered, esp ceremonial, march, assembly, or procession, as of troops being reviewedon parade
  2. Also called: parade ground a place where military formations regularly assemble
  3. a visible show or displayto make a parade of one's grief
  4. a public promenade or street of shops
  5. a successive display of things or people
  6. the interior area of a fortification
  7. a parry in fencing
  8. rain on someone's parade to hinder someone's enjoyment; upset someone's plans
  9. on parade
    1. on display
    2. showing oneself off
  1. (when intr, often foll by through or along) to walk or march, esp in a procession (through)to parade the streets
  2. (tr) to exhibit or flaunthe was parading his medals
  3. (tr) to cause to assemble in formation, as for a military parade
  4. (intr) to walk about in a public place
Derived Formsparader, noun

Word Origin for parade

C17: from French: a making ready, a setting out, a boasting display; compare Italian parata, Spanish parada, all ultimately from Latin parāre to prepare
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with parade


see hit parade; rain on one's parade.

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