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From Middle English processioun, borrowed from Old French pourciession, from Latin prōcessiō (a marching forward, an advance, in Late Latin a religious procession), from prōcēdere, past participle prōcessus (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.
    • 1659, John Pearson, Exposition of the Creed
      From whence it came to pass in the primitive times , that the Latin fathers taught expressly the procession of the Spirit from the Father and the Son
    • 1835, Richard Chenevix Trench, “The Same Continued”, in The Story of Justin Martyr, and Other Poems, London: Edward Moxon, [], OCLC 40739970, page 126:
      Yet proof is here of men's unquenched desire / 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: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i], page 126, column 2:
      Here comes the towneſ-men, on Proceſſion, / To preſent your Highneſſe with the man.
    • 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, chapter I, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299, page 7:
      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.
    • 1914, Westways (volume 6, page 7)
      The final fifty miles of the race was a procession with little change in the relative positions of the cars []
  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).
    • 1856, Alexander Mansfield Burrill, "PROCESSIONING", in A Law Dictionary and Glossary
      To procession the lands of such persons as desire it.


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