- an elaborate public spectacle illustrative of the history of a place, institution, or the like, often given in dramatic form or as a procession of colorful floats.
- a costumed procession, masque, allegorical tableau, or the like forming part of public or social festivities.
- a show or exhibition, especially one consisting of a succession of participants or events: a beauty pageant.
- something comparable to a procession in colorful variety, splendor, or grandeur: the pageant of Renaissance history.
- a pretentious display or show that conceals a lack of real importance or meaning.
- (in medieval times) a platform or stage, usually moving on wheels, on which scenes from mystery plays were presented.
- display or pageantry.
- Obsolete. a stage bearing any kind of spectacle.
- an elaborate colourful parade or display portraying scenes from history, esp one involving rich costume
- any magnificent or showy display, procession, etc
n.late 14c., “play in a cycle of mystery plays,” from Medieval Latin pagina, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin pagina “page of a book” (see page (n.1)) on notion of “manuscript” of a play. But an early sense in Middle English also was “stage or scene of a play” (late 14c.) and Klein says a sense of Latin pagina was “movable scaffold” (probably from the etymological sense of “stake”). With excrescent -t as in ancient (adj.). Generalized sense of “showy parade, spectacle” is first attested 1805, though this notion is found in pageantry (1650s).