[pruh-sesh-uh n]
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  1. the act of moving along or proceeding in orderly succession or in a formal and ceremonious manner, as a line of people, animals, vehicles, etc.
  2. the line or body of persons or things moving along in such a manner.
  3. Ecclesiastical. an office, litany, etc., said or sung in a religious procession.
  4. Theology. the emanation of the Holy Spirit from the Father and later, in the Western Church, from the Son: distinguished from the “generation” of the Son and the “unbegottenness” of the Father.
  5. the act of coming forth from a source.
verb (used without object)
  1. to go in procession.

Origin of procession

before 1150; early Middle English (< Old French) < Late Latin prōcessiōn- (stem of prōcessiō) a religious procession, literally, a marching on. See process, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of procession

Historical Examples of procession

  • In consideration of the health of Paralus, the customary evening procession was dispensed with.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Our superior rank places us in the front row of the procession.

  • This bell was kept tolling over the whole route of the procession.


    Scian Dubh

  • That Spain was much in favour there was evident from his place in the procession.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Positively I will not describe wedding-dresses, or a procession to church.

British Dictionary definitions for procession


  1. the act of proceeding in a regular formation
  2. a group of people or things moving forwards in an orderly, regular, or ceremonial manner
  3. a hymn, litany, etc, sung in a procession
  4. Christianity the emanation of the Holy Spirit
  1. (intr) rare to go in procession

Word Origin for procession

C12: via Old French from Latin prōcessiō a marching forwards
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Word Origin and History for procession

late Old English, "act of marching or proceeding," from Old French procession "procession" (religious or secular), 11c., and directly from Late Latin processionem (nominative processio) "religious procession," in classical Latin "a marching onward, a going forward, advance," noun of action from past participle stem of procedere (see proceed).

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