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
Example sentences from the Web for procession
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
A procession of symbols representing scorpions and tarantulas embellished one of the rug's many border stripes.Athalie|Robert W. Chambers
A procession was held, in which the functionaries of the Inquisition took part.A History of Spain|Charles E. Chapman
As often as the procession paused, the noise was redoubled, the confusion became tenfold.Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I|Karl Ritter von Scherzer
Every half hour a procession arrived from some neighbouring town with its music and streaming flags.Sybil|Benjamin Disraeli
The ladies joined the procession up and down the board walk.A Modern Cinderella|Amanda M. Douglas