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English definition of “pageant”

pageant

noun [C]     /ˈpædʒ.ənt/
UK a show, usually performed outside, that consists of people wearing traditional clothing and acting out historical events: Our youngest son is taking part in the school pageant.Spectacles and performances US a competition for young women in which they are judged on their beauty and other qualities: a beauty pageantCompetitions, and parts of competitions any colourful and impressive show or ceremonyCeremoniesSpectacles and performances
(Definition of pageant noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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