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

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

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

advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, progress, progression
the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
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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

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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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

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”
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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