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[paj-uh n-tree] /ˈpædʒ ən tri/
noun, plural pageantries.
spectacular display; pomp:
the pageantry of a coronation.
mere show; empty display.
pageants collectively; pageants and the performance of pageants.
1600-10; pageant + -ry
1. spectacle, ceremony, show. Unabridged
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  • There's a lot of pageantry on display at derbies, too.
  • It's a complex drama of power and violence salted with a little magic and pageantry.
  • Today, it is mostly pageantry, with a lingering touch of popular festivity.
  • Royal building programmes and pageantry came to seem wasteful extravagance.
  • The four-in-hand, as can be gathered from the above description, did not in any way in his eyes represent possible pageantry.
  • That, and to simply gape at the pageantry of the cosmos.
  • Scientific uses for balloons eventually superseded pageantry.
  • Brits are known for theater, pageantry, music and humor.
  • After the pageantry and speeches, it was finally time to fly.
  • The locals set up a large grill in the town center and there is medieval pageantry along with grilled boar dishes.
British Dictionary definitions for pageantry


noun (pl) -ries
spectacular display or ceremony
(archaic) pageants collectively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pageantry

"splendid display," 1650s; see pageant + -ry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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