- 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.
- the line or body of persons or things moving along in such a manner.
- Ecclesiastical. an office, litany, etc., said or sung in a religious procession.
- 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.
- the act of coming forth from a source.
- to go in procession.
Origin of procession
Related Words for processionsuccession, cortege, motorcade, advance, run, cavalcade, process, series, column, course, train, file, march, cycle, order, string, movement, consecution, autocade
Examples from the Web for procession
Contemporary Examples of procession
The procession continued on to the Cypress Hill Cemetery, where Ramos was buried the week before.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
They repeated that several times and before the procession moved on.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
December 28, 2014
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
December 28, 2014
This group was far larger, its procession stretching out over two to three city blocks and numbering more than a hundred.‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
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
Historical Examples of procession
In consideration of the health of Paralus, the customary evening procession was dispensed with.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Our superior rank places us in the front row of the procession.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
This bell was kept tolling over the whole route of the procession.Ridgeway
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.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- the act of proceeding in a regular formation
- a group of people or things moving forwards in an orderly, regular, or ceremonial manner
- a hymn, litany, etc, sung in a procession
- Christianity the emanation of the Holy Spirit
- (intr) rare to go in procession
Word Origin 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).