- The definition of a ceremony is a formal event that occurs as a result of a special occasion or to commemorate something, or a special series of acts performed in an established or set manner according to tradition or custom.
- A graduation event where graduates are given their diploma is an example of a graduation ceremony.
- A routine for serving tea in a very formal and elaborate manner is an example of a tea ceremony.
A couple participating in the sand ceremony at their wedding.
ceremony definition by Webster's New World
- a formal act or set of formal acts established by custom or authority as proper to a special occasion, such as a wedding, religious rite, etc.
- the service or function at which such acts are performed
- a conventionally courteous or polite act
- behavior that follows rigid etiquette or a prescribed form
- formality or formalities
- empty or meaningless formality, or an act suggesting this
Origin: Middle English cerimonie ; from Classical Latin caerimonia, awe, reverent rite, ceremony; probably ; from Etruscan
ceremony definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. cer·e·mo·nies
- A formal act or set of acts performed as prescribed by ritual or custom: a wedding ceremony; the Japanese tea ceremony.
- A conventional social gesture or act of courtesy: the ceremony of shaking hands when introduced.
- A formal act without intrinsic purpose; an empty form: ignored the ceremony of asking for comments from other committee members.
- Strict observance of formalities or etiquette: The head of state was welcomed with full ceremony.
Origin: Middle English ceremonie, from Latin caerimōnia, religious rite.
ceremony - Phrases/Idioms
stand on ceremony