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nouninformal, rare, historical, dismissive
An evening promenade of young people, especially for the purpose of meeting members of the opposite sex.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in H. G. Wells (1866–1946), novelist and social commentator. From monkey + parade.
monkey parade/ˈmʌŋkɪ pəˌreɪd/
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