[ pruh-sesh-uh n ]
/ prəˈsɛʃ ən /


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.

verb (used without object)

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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for procession

/ (prəˈsɛʃən) /


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

C12: via Old French from Latin prōcessiō a marching forwards
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