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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pa*rade"
  1. The ground where a military display is held, or where troops are drilled. Also called parade ground.
  2. [Mil] An assembly and orderly arrangement or display of troops, in full equipments, for inspection or evolutions before some superior officer; a review of troops. Parades are general, regimental, or private (troop, battery, or company), according to the force assembled.
  3. Hence:Any imposing procession; the movement of any group of people marshaled in military order, especially a festive public procession, which may include a marching band, persons in varied costume, vehicles with elaborate displays, and other forms of entertainment, held in commemoration or celebration of an event or in honor of a person or persons; as, a parade of firemen; a Thanksgiving Day parade; a Memorial Day parade; a ticker-tape parade ."In state returned the grand parade." [Swift.]
  4. Hence:A pompous show; a formal or ostentatious display or exhibition."Be rich, but of your wealth make no parade." [Swift.]
  5. Posture of defense; guard.(A Gallicism)"When they are not in parade, and upon their guard." [Locke.]
  6. A public walk; a promenade.
    synonyms: Ostentation; display; show.

Usage: Parade Ostentation. Parade is a pompous exhibition of things for the purpose of display; ostentation now generally indicates a parade of virtues or other qualities for which one expects to be honored. “It was not in the mere parade of royalty that the Mexican potentates exhibited their power.” Robertson. “We are dazzled with the splendor of titles, the ostentation of learning, and the noise of victories.” Spectator.

Etymology: F., fr. Sp. parada a halt or stopping, an assembling for exercise, a place where troops are assembled to exercise, fr. parar to stop, to prepare. See Pare (v. t.)

verb Pa*rade"
  1. To exhibit in a showy or ostentatious manner; to show off." Parading all her sensibility." [Byron.]
  2. To assemble and form; to marshal; to cause to maneuver or march ceremoniously; as, to parade troops.

Etymology: Cf. F. parader

verb Pa*rade"
  1. To make an exhibition or spectacle of one's self, as by walking in a public place.
  2. To assemble in military order for evolutions and inspection; to form or march, as in review or in a public celebratory parade{3}.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A visible display ("she made a parade of her sorrows")
  2. A ceremonial procession including people marching
  3. An extended (often showy) succession of persons or things ("a parade of strollers on the mall" and "a parade of witnesses")
  4. March in a procession ("the veterans paraded down the street")
  5. Walk ostentatiously ("She parades her new husband around town")
  1. parade (intentional, planned march)
  2. (military) parade, march

Fun Facts about the name Parade

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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