- 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 parading
The practice of parading the prepuce once a year continued until it disappeared in 1983.Who Stole John Paul’s Blood And Christ’s Foreskin?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 29, 2014
By parading these voices before us, Bennoune crushes many of our speculative idols, some of which we may hold unknowingly.The True Muslim Revolutionaries and Their Fight Against Extremism
Timothy Michael Law
August 29, 2013
These London gangs are doing on a much larger scale what they do habitually: parading their strength.The ‘Yobs’ Are the Problem
August 11, 2011
She would have given all she had in the world to prevent Antoine from parading his rags.The Fortune of the Rougons
You're parading your penance, as you call it, before the world.The Letter of the Contract
I had received a sharp lesson with regard to parading my preferences.The King's Mirror
Meanwhile, Cis was parading, her bouquet clasped to her breast.The Rich Little Poor Boy
We had better go some morning when the troops are parading there.Rollo in London
- 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 parading
1680s (transitive), from parade (n.). Intransitive sense from 1748. Related: Paraded; parading.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with parading
see hit parade; rain on one's parade.