verb (used with object), pa·rad·ed, pa·rad·ing.

verb (used without object), pa·rad·ed, pa·rad·ing.

Nearby words

  1. paracrine,
  2. paracusis,
  3. paracyesis,
  4. paracystic,
  5. paracystitis,
  6. parade armor,
  7. parade bed,
  8. parade rest,
  9. paradichlorobenzene,
  10. paradiddle

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

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Examples from the Web for parade

British Dictionary definitions for parade



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
  1. on display
  2. 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
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
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Idioms and Phrases with parade


see hit parade; rain on one's parade.

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