1. The ground where a military display is held, or where troops are drilled.
2. 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.
3. Pompous show; formal display or exhibition. Be rich, but of your wealth make no parade. (swift)
4. That which is displayed; a show; a spectacle; an imposing procession; the movement of any body marshaled in military order; as, a parade of firemen. In state returned the grand parade. (swift)
5. Posture of defense; guard. When they are not in parade, and upon their guard. (locke)
6. A public walk; a promenade. Dress parade, undress parade. See Dress, and Undress. Parade rest, a position of rest for soldiers, in which, however, they are required to be silent and motionless.
Synonym: ostentation, display, show.
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. . We are dazzled with the splendor of titles, the ostentation of learning, and the noise of victories. .
Origin: F, fr. Sp. Parada a
halt or stopping, an assembling for exercise, a place where troops are assembled to exercise, fr. Parar to stop, to prepare. See Pare.
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 manoeuvre or march ceremoniously; as, to parade troops.
Origin: Cf. F. Parader.