Meaning of “parade” in the English Dictionary

"parade" in British English

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paradenoun [ C ]

uk /pəˈreɪd/ us /pəˈreɪd/

parade noun [ C ] (LINE OF PEOPLE)

B2 a large number of people walking or in vehicles, all going in the same direction, usually as part of a public celebration of something:

a victory parade

a series of people or things that appear one after the other:

For three hours a committee of state senators listened to a parade of local residents giving their opinions.
on parade

When soldiers are on parade, they march and practise military movements in front of important officials or as part of a public celebration or ceremony:

The entire regiment was on parade.

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  • We watched the parade from our perch on the scaffolding.
  • Live music and a parade set an upbeat mood for the official opening.
  • Tomorrow's parade will mark the 50th anniversary of the battle.
  • From our hotel room window, we had a grandstand view of the parade.
  • She twirled her baton high in the air as she led the parade.

paradeverb

uk /pəˈreɪd/ us /pəˈreɪd/

[ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] (of a group) to walk or march somewhere, usually as part of a public celebration:

The Saint Patrick's Day marchers paraded up Fifth Avenue, past the cathedral.
In ancient Rome, captured generals were paraded through the streets in chains.

[ I or T ] to show something in an obvious way in order to be admired:

It's sickening the way he parades his wealth, his car, and his expensive clothes.
The children paraded about/around in their new clothes.

(Definition of “parade” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"parade" in American English

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paradenoun [ C ]

us /pəˈreɪd/

a large number of people marching, walking, or riding in vehicles, all moving in the same direction, usually in a formal way as part of a public celebration:

We used to go and see the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.

A parade is also a military ceremony in which soldiers march in front of important officials or as part of a public celebration.

(Definition of “parade” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)