Definition of pageantry in English:



  • Elaborate display or ceremony.

    • ‘But, unbelievably, there is a downside to all the harrumphing pomp and pageantry.’
    • ‘The celebrations would continue for a full week, filled with pomp and pageantry.’
    • ‘The combination of fantastic quality racing and the unique splendour and pageantry that Royal Ascot provides makes it a real spectacle for viewers.’
    • ‘Only those on work-based learning courses will be expected to turn up as normal when the five-day festival of horse racing and pageantry is hosted by the city.’
    • ‘The ceremony and pageantry of the last week was not simply a way of saying goodbye to a much-loved person.’
    • ‘The pomp and pageantry of the Queen's Speech guarantees a wonderful sense of occasion.’
    • ‘This year's festival looks to the past to help the city celebrate St George's Day, focusing on the medieval pageantry of yesteryear.’
    • ‘Thousands of visitors are set to descend on York when the five-day festival of horse racing and pageantry comes to the city in June next year.’
    • ‘It will all be done tastefully - as a nation we do heritage and pageantry well - and tears will no doubt be shed for a shared loss.’
    • ‘Pomp, pageantry and gaiety ran riot making the atmosphere electric.’
    • ‘Readers have brought in their own mementoes of previous days of pomp and pageantry.’
    • ‘It was the glamour and pageantry attached to the whole event that set us thinking of the first Olympics and how they came to be.’
    • ‘The 90 minute video features music, song, dance and pageantry as well as the opening ceremony itself.’
    • ‘This was indeed a glorious display of pageantry and dignity.’
    • ‘Up to 200 men, women and children will be dressed in costume for this piece of street-theatre and pageantry.’
    • ‘The pomp and pageantry seemed to affect our lads quite a bit and they appeared sluggish and nervous at the beginning of the game.’
    • ‘The emotions that poured forth at that death and the glorious pageantry that surrounded her funeral showed the true heart of her countrymen.’
    • ‘OK, so it's a bit of constitutional glitter and pomp and pageantry junkies love it.’
    • ‘It all just adds to the colour, glamour and pageantry.’
    • ‘That was followed by dozens of special events including readings, plays, pageantry and exhibitions.’
    spectacle, display, ceremony, ceremoniousness, magnificence, pomp, glory, splendour, grandeur, glamour, flourish, glitter, theatricality, drama, show, showiness
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