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procession

[pruh-sesh-uh n] /prəˈsɛʃ ən/
noun
1.
the act of moving along or proceeding in orderly succession or in a formal and ceremonious manner, as a line of people, animals, vehicles, etc.
2.
the line or body of persons or things moving along in such a manner.
3.
Ecclesiastical. an office, litany, etc., said or sung in a religious procession.
4.
Theology. the emanation of the Holy Spirit from the Father and later, in the Western Church, from the Son: distinguished from the “generation” of the Son and the “unbegottenness” of the Father.
5.
the act of coming forth from a source.
verb (used without object)
6.
to go in procession.
Origin of procession
early Middle English
1150
before 1150; early Middle English (< Old French) < Late Latin prōcessiōn- (stem of prōcessiō) a religious procession, literally, a marching on. See process, -ion
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procession

/prəˈsɛʃən/
noun
1.
the act of proceeding in a regular formation
2.
a group of people or things moving forwards in an orderly, regular, or ceremonial manner
3.
a hymn, litany, etc, sung in a procession
4.
(Christianity) the emanation of the Holy Spirit
verb
5.
(intransitive) (rare) to go in procession
Word Origin
C12: via Old French from Latin prōcessiō a marching forwards
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Word Origin and History for procession
n.

late Old English, "act of marching or proceeding," from Old French procession "procession" (religious or secular), 11c., and directly from Late Latin processionem (nominative processio) "religious procession," in classical Latin "a marching onward, a going forward, advance," noun of action from past participle stem of procedere (see proceed).

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