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From Middle English processioun, borrowed from Old French pourciession, from Latin processio (a marching forward, an advance, in Late Latin a religious procession), from procedere, past participle processus (to move forward, advance, proceed); see proceed.


  • IPA(key): /pɹəˈsɛʃən/
  • Hyphenation: pro‧ces‧sion
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procession (plural processions)

  1. The act of progressing or proceeding.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Pearson to this entry?)
    • (Can we date this quote by Trench and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      That the procession of their life might be / More equable, majestic, pure, and free.
  2. A group of people or things moving along in an orderly, stately, or solemn manner; a train of persons advancing in order; a retinue.
    a procession of mourners; the Lord Mayor's procession
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, []”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
      the townsmen on procession
    • 1851 , Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, chapter 1:[1]
    • By reason of these things, then, the whaling voyage was welcome; the great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open, and in the wild conceits that swayed me to my purpose, two and two there floated into my inmost soul, endless processions of the whale, and, mid most of them all, one grand hooded phantom, like a snow hill in the air.
  3. A number of things happening in sequence (in space or in time).
  4. (ecclesiastical, obsolete, in the plural) Litanies said in procession and not kneeling.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shipley to this entry?)

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procession (third-person singular simple present processions, present participle processioning, simple past and past participle processioned)

  1. (intransitive) To take part in a procession
  2. (transitive, dated) To honour with a procession.
  3. (transitive, law, US, North Carolina and Tennessee) To ascertain, mark, and establish the boundary lines of (lands).
    • (Can we date this quote by Burrill and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      To procession the lands of such persons as desire it.


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