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                  1. Word of the Day

                    parade

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                    Liz Potter
                    Written by Liz Potter

                    Definition

                    1. a public celebration in which a large group of people move through an area, often with decorated vehicles and bands playing music
                    2. a public celebration in which a large group of soldiers march together, or an official ceremony in which soldiers march or stand in rows

                    Origin and usage

                    The noun and verb parade were borrowed from the French ‘parade’ in the 17th century. The military meaning came first, followed later in the century by the meaning of general public celebration.



                    Examples

                    Today is St Patrick’s day, the national day of Ireland, which is normally marked on or near the day by parades, not only in Ireland but around the world. As well as being a public celebration, a parade is also an event at which soldiers march and show off their discipline and . Parade has some other meanings too, including a line of people or things; an act of showing off; and in British English it can refer to a row of shops and is sometimes used in the names of streets. has a number of meanings related to public displays of one kind or another. Parade also occurs in numerous compounds  such as ,  and . The mainly American phrase means to do something to stop someone enjoying something good that is happening to them.

                    Quotations

                    “With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches.”
                    (Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations)

                    “I simply gotta march
                    My heart’s a drummer
                    Nobody, no, nobody
                    Is gonna rain on my parade!”
                    (Don’t Rain On My Parade by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne)

                    Related words

                    festival, fiesta, procession

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