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."

Definitions of procession
  1. noun
    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
    synonyms: advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, progress, progression
    see moresee less
    the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
    show 5 types...
    hide 5 types...
    an effort to advance
    career, life history
    the general progression of your working or professional life
    a steady advance
    clear sailing, easy going, plain sailing
    easy unobstructed progress
    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
  2. noun
    the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation
    processions were forbidden”
    see moresee less
    show 10 types...
    hide 10 types...
    a procession of land vehicles traveling together
    caravan, train, wagon train
    a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file
    a procession of people traveling on horseback
    a procession of people walking together
    a procession of people traveling in motor cars
    a ceremonial procession including people marching
    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
  3. noun
    (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
    see moresee less
    type of:
    inception, origin, origination
    an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week