Definition of motorcade in English:



  • A procession of motor vehicles, typically carrying and escorting a prominent person.

    • ‘Will his friends organise marches and motorcades to try to influence the Court of Appeal?’
    • ‘A group of kids escorts his motorcade to the picturesque town square, where a crowd of about 100 has gathered.’
    • ‘She can have her motorcades if she stops pretending she is the Queen of Sheeba.’
    • ‘‘I've cut down on the size of my motorcades quite a bit,’ he says with resignation.’
    • ‘All of the three candidates wound up their month-long campaign on Saturday with motorcades and marches in the district and spent yesterday in quiet reflection and preparation for today's election.’
    • ‘And he watched the motorcade coming up Houston Street and saw some of the cars turning the corner.’
    • ‘Beyond the designated protesters' area, we see an occasional protester with his back turned on the motorcade.’
    • ‘Street traffic will only be stopped for a few minutes while the motorcades of the delegates pass and inconvenience to Sofians will be minimized, Vladimirov said.’
    • ‘The President and his wife were driven off in a motorcade to stay at the London residence of the newly appointed US Ambassador, William Farish.’
    • ‘Dressed in their white official uniforms, the subdistrict chiefs went to the legislative building in a motorcade.’
    • ‘But as residents gather to watch the presidential motorcades speed past, strangely absent will be the hundreds of street children who used to loiter in the city centre, begging and sometimes stealing.’
    • ‘The presidential motorcade returned to the palace at about 4pm.’
    • ‘At five in the morning a long motorcade entered the village.’
    • ‘Here are two basic questions: how fast was the motorcade going?’
    • ‘When VIPS zoom by in motorcades, you just gape for a moment and then forget about it.’
    • ‘We broke off for a while to go and look at the motorcade.’
    • ‘As the Presidential motorcade made its way toward us, we began shouting and waving our posters.’
    • ‘The helicopter had an agent riding outside with a weapon trained on us, but once the motorcade passed he moved on as well.’
    • ‘Very, very often, there are sirens; but during the day, that may mean a motorcade, not an emergency.’
    • ‘A succession of motorcades marked their arrival at the Justus Lipsius building yesterday as they gathered for a summit that will set the pattern of EU relations for years to come.’
    procession, march, cavalcade, carcade, cortège, ceremony, spectacle, display, pageant, concours, file, train, column
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Early 20th century: from motor, on the pattern of cavalcade.