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pageant sb. (orig.=scene or act in a mediæval mystery play)
1. theatrical representation; hence, show, spectacle, sight Tp. IV. i. 155 “this insubstantial ,” Gent. IV. iv. 166 “When all our p-s of delight were play'd,” MND. III. ii. 114 “their fond ” (=the foolish spectacle they present), H8 IV. i. 11 “shows, P-s,” Troil. III. iii. 276 “the of Ajax” ; occas. false show Oth. I. iii. 18 “a pageant To keep us in false gaze.”
2. device on a moving car exhibited as a feature of a public show; only fig. applied to a ship Mer.V. I. i. 11; to clouds Ant. IV. xii. [xiv.] 8
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