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[puh-reyd] /pəˈreɪd/
a large public procession, usually including a marching band and often of a festive nature, held in honor of an anniversary, person, event, etc.
a military ceremony involving the formation and marching of troop units, often combined with saluting the lowering of the flag at the end of the day.
the assembly of troops for inspection or display.
a place where troops regularly assemble for inspection or display.
a continual passing by, as of people, objects, or events:
the parade of pedestrians past the office; the parade of the seasons.
an ostentatious display:
to make a parade of one's religious beliefs.
Chiefly British.
  1. a group or procession of promenaders.
  2. a promenade.
Fortification. the level space forming the interior or enclosed area of a fortification.
Fencing. a parry.
verb (used with object), paraded, parading.
to walk up and down on or in.
to make parade of; display ostentatiously.
to cause to march or proceed for display.
verb (used without object), paraded, parading.
to march in a procession.
to promenade in a public place, especially in order to show off.
to assemble in military order for display.
to assume a false or misleading appearance:
international pressure that parades as foreign aid.
Origin of parade
1650-60; < French, Middle French < Spanish parada a stop, stopping place, noun use of feminine of parado, past participle of parar to stop, end < Latin parāre to set. See compare, parry, -ade1
Related forms
paradeful, adjective
paradeless, adjective
paradelike, adjective
parader, noun
paradingly, adverb
unparaded, adjective
11. show, flaunt, flourish.
11. conceal. Unabridged
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  • But few on the trade-show floor looked worried about patents raining on their parade.
  • The streets of the city are a non-stop parade of humanity.
  • One in every university across the country would be enough to make a parade from coast to coast.
  • But in that case you have a problem with the aesthetics of the parade.
  • Below see archival footage of the parade of cars and other celebrants took to the new bridge on opening ceremony.
  • Don't fret: you can easily make one out of toilet paper, which will also help offset the lack of public urinals on parade day.
  • The astonishing part was the parade of senior faculty members offering condolences for the outcome.
  • Promising to be a prolonged spectacle, it was launched with a parade of scores of prominent reformists in prison garb.
  • The parade of nations was the largest ever with more teams and more nations than last year.
  • They can't stand for anyone to rain on their parade.
British Dictionary definitions for parade


an ordered, esp ceremonial, march, assembly, or procession, as of troops being reviewed: on parade
Also called parade ground. a place where military formations regularly assemble
a visible show or display: to make a parade of one's grief
a public promenade or street of shops
a successive display of things or people
the interior area of a fortification
a parry in fencing
rain on someone's parade, to hinder someone's enjoyment; upset someone's plans
on parade
  1. on display
  2. showing oneself off
when intr, often foll by through or along. to walk or march, esp in a procession (through): to parade the streets
(transitive) to exhibit or flaunt: he was parading his medals
(transitive) to cause to assemble in formation, as for a military parade
(intransitive) to walk about in a public place
Derived Forms
parader, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French: a making ready, a setting out, a boasting display; compare Italian parata, Spanish parada, all ultimately from Latin parāre to prepare
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Word Origin and History for parade

1650s, "a show of bravado," also "an assembly of troops for inspections," from French parade "display, show, military parade," from Middle French parade (15c.), or from Italian parate "a warding or defending, a garish setting forth," or Spanish parada "a staying or stopping," all from Vulgar Latin *parata, from Latin parere "arrange, prepare, adorn" (see pare), which developed widespread senses in Romanic derivatives. Non-military sense of "march, procession" is first recorded 1670s.


1680s (transitive), from parade (n.). Intransitive sense from 1748. Related: Paraded; parading.

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rain on someone's parade

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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parade in Technology

PARallel Applicative Database Engine. A project at Glasgow University to construct a transaction-processor in the parallel functional programming language Haskell to run on an ICL EDS+ database machine.

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