Definition of procession in US English:

procession

noun

  • 1A number of people or vehicles moving forward in an orderly fashion, especially as part of a ceremony or festival.

    ‘a funeral procession’
    • ‘Catholic countries like Spain make the most of the holy season (semana santa) with torchlit processions and extravagant religious ceremonies.’
    • ‘At burial ceremonies several processions, each one associated with a grade of the society, go from the lodge to the burial place.’
    • ‘Five thousand admirers marched in his funeral procession and Poole became a martyr for anti-immigrant nativists.’
    • ‘A Yorkshire soldier will have a key place in the guiding of the ceremonial gun to be used for the procession and funeral of the Queen Mother.’
    • ‘The pupils from the two schools joined together in singing, reading, praying and processions to make the ceremony beautiful.’
    • ‘And ever since then I have held little regard for all the pomp and ceremony of military processions and patriotism.’
    • ‘The common law allows orderly protests, processions, petitions and so forth - and these blockades were entirely orderly.’
    • ‘When the most famous composer of the age died, about thirty thousand mourners were present at the funeral procession on March 26, 1827.’
    • ‘The purpose of cursus monuments is unclear, but it is assumed they were used for parades or some kind of ceremony which involved processions.’
    • ‘The 60-minute performances feature traditional dances of the four regions, a wedding ceremony, wedding processions and a sword fight.’
    • ‘Events will include a civic procession and wreath laying ceremony on Saturday followed by a civic service at St Charles Borromeo to celebrate Wilberforce's life and work.’
    • ‘In a break with Royal tradition the Princess Royal will also join the procession, a ceremony usually reserved for men.’
    • ‘The opening ceremony included a procession down the High Street by the society's fleet of funeral vehicles to the sound of a piper major.’
    • ‘The procession followed a private ceremony, attended by about 200 family and friends.’
    • ‘A torchlight procession, a religious ceremony and blessing mark the day that Saint Dévoe is believed to have arrived in Monaco.’
    • ‘The London procession and ceremony were being televised live - TV cameras were allowed into Westminster Abbey for the first time.’
    • ‘Thousands marched behind his funeral procession, a measure of his extraordinary impact on Russia's very heart, soul, and mind.’
    • ‘The ceremony began with a procession from the local community centre to the church followed by special devotions in the church.’
    • ‘The ceremony begins with a procession from your college to the Senate House (a short walk in our case).’
    • ‘A car bomber drove his vehicle into a funeral procession, a funeral procession for one of the local prominent tribal leaders there.’
    parade, march, cavalcade, motorcade, carcade, cortège
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    1. 1.1 The action of moving forward as part of a ceremony.
      ‘the fully robed civic dignitaries walk in procession’
      • ‘An annual procession of vintage commercial vehicles will travel through the district on Sunday.’
      • ‘After the vigil Mass on Saturday evening, the Blessed Sacrament will be carried in procession through Sheridan Park, not through Bohola village.’
      • ‘Since I was well back in the procession of creeping vehicles, it took me a while to figure out what the hold-up was.’
      • ‘On February 20, 1956, to the delight of all the people of Melaka, they were taken in procession to a square opposite the Club.’
      • ‘The idol was, and is, annually dragged forth in procession on a monstrous car, and as masses of excited pilgrims crowded round to drag or accompany it, accidents occurred.’
      • ‘In glorious sunshine we joined in procession with the bridal car, its traditional wedding doll, sitting on the bonnet.’
      • ‘On September 18, all the idols would be taken in procession and immersed in River Cauvery.’
      • ‘Following the Mass, parishioners will march in procession as one body to the Convent of Mercy where Benediction will be imparted.’
      • ‘Prior to the Mass the First Communion and Confirmation children, along with the priest, marched in procession into the field headed by a piper.’
      • ‘From about 9: 00 a.m. groups of men arriving in procession formed circles.’
      • ‘It has a man being taken in procession down the platform, garland round his neck and a young girl leading him, men running backwards taking photographs.’
      • ‘If you go for breakfast around 7 in the morning, you'll see the saffron-clothed local monks in procession down the street, collecting their daily alms.’
      • ‘On the 10th day, the ruler, in silk and priceless gems, wended his way in procession through the crowded streets on the gorgeously caparisoned elephant.’
      • ‘Much interest was centred in the event and when the candidates left in procession for the church from the school, Churchgate was packed with onlookers.’
      • ‘A congregation of several hundred people attended the usual evening mass at St Mary's and said the rosary after the statue was brought into the church in procession.’
      • ‘Braving scorching sun, the differently abled children came in procession from Subashnagar area to the district Collectorate this afternoon.’
      • ‘Domonic and his friends and family will leave Lyneham in procession at 10 am and will be followed by a tractor decorated with balloons and banners.’
      • ‘The procession of about 50 vehicles, each one full of mourners, made its way from Clifton to St Oswald's Church, through Bell Farm.’
      • ‘Not only did the residents accord a warm reception to the artistes, there were several volunteers to act out a scene where the bridegroom is taken out in procession in a car.’
      • ‘We could see, for instance, the doddering old knights and dames of the order tottering in (none of them a day below 70 I'm sure) in procession.’
    2. 1.2 A relentless succession of people or things.
      ‘his path was paved by a procession of industry executives’
      • ‘As he beds a procession of desperate chorus girls and barmaids, his long-suffering wife, Phoebe, drinks herself into oblivion in their ramshackle bedsit.’
      • ‘The shores of the Bosphorus were lined with fishermen and a procession of large, slow-moving families enjoying the unusually fine weather.’
      • ‘These were not quite living men, these wanderers in that fog: they were a dream, a mystery, a procession of shadows over a black sky.’
      • ‘Nowadays every lunchtime sees a procession of pupils to the fast-food shops, where they purchase their batter-covered burgers and greasy chips.’
      • ‘He makes us feel good about not liking French people by dressing up in ridiculous national costumes and acting dumb while interviewing a procession of stereotypical Eurofreaks.’
      • ‘They streamed away like a procession of stars on the dark waters.’
      • ‘A procession of central bankers and finance ministers issued soothing words, united in their confidence that the prospects for the global economy remained good.’
      • ‘There's been a procession of Presidents, Prime Ministers and politicians ‘visiting the troops’ in Iraq recently.’
      • ‘Town Hall Square will host a performance by theatre groups Keighley Amateurs and HYT, a Bavarian oompah band and, after dusk, a procession of light.’
      • ‘As a result, Calle 54 is a procession of performances by different musicians, staged especially for Trueba's camera.’
      • ‘Marcus repeatedly casts life as a kind of death already, a procession of meaningless occurrences.’
      • ‘Forgive me if I have, but I have heard a procession of pro-government Israelis pop up on the radio to put the same case with slightly different vocal patterns.’
      • ‘Above them streamed a procession of ghosts, one of whom had trailed a foot through Draco's shoulder on the way past, as many as twenty or twenty-five of them.’
      • ‘The magazine glorifies a procession of vaunted rebels for struggling to persuade a corporate hierarchy to let them generate profits.’
      • ‘That was all Carlin had to do before picking the ball out of the net with seven minutes remaining as the game deteriorated into a series of hopeful and hopeless long balls and a procession of errant passes.’
      • ‘The main events take place in the cabaret lounge, where we enjoyed a procession of quality acts during our week-long stay, the ballrooms and the smaller side rooms.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, a procession of alliance spokesmen have appeared on TV to plead for US assistance.’
      • ‘It was the start of a string of five highly autobiographical films, a form of exorcism on his part for a painful upbringing at the hands of an abusive father and a procession of school bullies.’
      • ‘Her poetry anthology Enough Rope was a bestseller and her life was a procession of speakeasies, doomed affairs and half-hearted suicide attempts.’
      • ‘Bringing home a procession of awful, awful, awful boyfriends.’
      series, succession, stream, steady stream, string, sequence, chain, run
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  • 2Theology
    The emanation of the Holy Spirit.

    • ‘First at Ferrara and later at Florence, fourteen months were spent in discussing the procession of the Spirit, more time than was devoted to any other issue!’
    • ‘On the filioque controversy, Bulgakov demonstrates that the East did not have a formal theology for the procession of the Holy Spirit.’
    • ‘Verse 27 invites us to bind the festal procession with branches, gathering up Palm Sunday as well as Good Friday.’
    • ‘From the formality of the opening procession to the intimacy of Communion, God wants to fill our hearts and minds with his truth, his love, and his power.’
    • ‘At this point Pope Hadrian I defended the doctrine of procession through the Son against Charlemagne.’

Origin

Late Old English, via Old French from Latin processio(n-), from procedere ‘move forward’ (see proceed).

Pronunciation

procession

/prəˈsɛʃən//prəˈseSHən/