verb (used without object)
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What does procession mean?
A procession is a line of people or vehicles moving along in an orderly and often ceremonial way.
A very common example is a funeral procession, which is the line of cars or people traveling together to a burial. A parade is another kind of procession.
Procession is the noun form of the verb process, meaning to proceed in or as if in a procession.
Example: The procession was so long that they had to block traffic so it could stay together.
Where does procession come from?
The first records of the word procession come from the 1100s. It comes from the Latin word prōcessiōn-, which refers to a religious procession and literally means “a marching on” or “a marching forward.” The verb process is in fact a back formation of procession—which means the word procession came first and the verb process formed from it.
Processions are usually at least somewhat formal, and they’re often seen at religious or other ceremonial gatherings. At graduations, students and faculty members often enter in a long procession. Similar processions are seen during religious ceremonies or events like weddings. Funeral processions allow mourners to stay together so that they can arrive at the burial site or other ceremony at the same time.
A fancy name for a ceremonial procession is cortege.
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How is procession used in real life?
Procession is perhaps most commonly used in the phrase funeral procession. It usually refers to something that’s formal and ceremonial.
REST IN PEACE, OFFICER GRANT: A police funeral procession is traveling across Springdale to Vineyard Church where Officer Kaia Grant will be laid to rest. https://t.co/5VCbDdOutx pic.twitter.com/mHZK9N00IH
— WLWT (@WLWT) March 29, 2020
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) April 14, 2020
Tonight's mourning parade. Her family drove their cars in procession behind the funeral van carrying her casket, and friends waited on sidewalks to wave and cheer. The last vehicle in the cortege was a pick-up, and friends were able to place flowers, cards, etc in the truck bed. pic.twitter.com/1soZ6k2mm5
— Elizabeth Fournier (@elizfournier) May 18, 2020
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At which of the following events might there be a procession?
D. all of the above
How to use procession in a sentence
Every half-hour, one doctor said, a funeral procession rumbled toward the cemetery.The Amazonian city that hatched the Brazil variant has been crushed by it|Terrence McCoy, Heloísa Traiano|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
Americans have now become deeply familiar with this civics lesson, one that features members of the House striding slowly through the hall as though they are part of a funeral procession.
I will be pleased to not join what looks like a funeral procession in the mall parking lot of people trying to find parking spaces.Okay, so maybe we don’t miss everything about holiday travel|Liz Langley|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
What followed was a procession of hateful attacks like the one Paul experienced.The Lobster Attacks Striking at Canada’s Friendly Image|Charu Kasturi|October 29, 2020|Ozy
The occasion of their procession is hypothetically related to the celebration of peace.Reconstruction of Ara Pacis – The ‘Altar of Peace’ in Rome|Dattatreya Mandal|April 25, 2020|Realm of History
The procession continued on to the Cypress Hill Cemetery, where Ramos was buried the week before.
They repeated that several times and before the procession moved on.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This group was far larger, its procession stretching out over two to three city blocks and numbering more than a hundred.
One depicts a procession of figures wearing both Mayan and Spanish garb, some holding what appear to be human hearts.7 Historically Significant Artifacts Rescued by Happenstance|The Daily Beast|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Let me illustrate: Last week, month, or year you saw a military procession pass along the streets.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The mode of procession was a little out of the common order of such affairs; but so was the marriage.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Hundreds of soldiers already lined the streets to keep the crowd back out of the way of the procession.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
The procession made its way slowly towards the river, three quarters of a mile to the east.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
They made an odd procession as they marched out of the hall, under the sullen eyes of the baulked cut-throats and their mistress.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini