procession

A procession of mimes walking through the streets of your town would be surprising and somewhat terrifying. A line or group of people moving together in a deliberate way is a procession.

You're most likely to see a procession during some kind of ceremony, parade, or festival. A line of cars moving together to a cemetery is a funeral procession, and a bunch of parents pushing babies in strollers in a parade are also a procession. Another meaning of procession is any line or succession of people moving continuously, like a procession of local politicians knocking on your door one afternoon. The root of procession is the Latin processio, "marching forward."

Primary Meanings of procession

1.
n
the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
2.
n
(theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
Full Definitions of procession
1

n the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

Synonyms:
advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, progress, progression
Antonyms:
retreat
the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
Types:
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push
an effort to advance
career, life history
the general progression of your working or professional life
march
a steady advance
clear sailing, easy going, plain sailing
easy unobstructed progress
leapfrog
advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

n the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation

processions were forbidden”
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convoy
a procession of land vehicles traveling together
caravan, train, wagon train
a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file
cavalcade
a procession of people traveling on horseback
march
a procession of people walking together
motorcade
a procession of people traveling in motor cars
parade
a ceremonial procession including people marching
cortege
a funeral procession
recession, recessional
the withdrawal of the clergy and choir from the chancel to the vestry at the end of a church service
hunger march
a march of protest or demonstration by the unemployed
callathump, callithump, callithump parade
a noisy boisterous parade
Type of:
group action
action taken by a group of people
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole
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n (theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

“the doctrine of the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son”
Synonyms:
emanation, rise
Type of:
inception, origin, origination
an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events

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