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.
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.
Dress parade, Undress parade. See under Dress, and Undress.
Parade rest, a position of rest for soldiers, in which, however, they are required to be silent and motionless. --Wilhelm.
Syn: -- 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.
Pa·rade v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paraded; p. pr. & vb. n. Parading.]
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.
Pa·rade, v. i.
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 parade3.
n 1: a ceremonial procession including people marching
2: an extended (often showy) succession of persons or things;
"a parade of strollers on the mall"; "a parade of
3: a visible display; "she made a parade of her sorrows"
v 1: walk ostentatiously; "She parades her new husband around
town" [syn: exhibit, march]
2: march in a procession; "the veterans paraded down the
street" [syn: troop, promenade]