ceremony[ser′ə mō′nē; chiefly Brit, -mə nē]
A couple participating in the sand ceremony at their wedding.
- 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 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 of ceremonyMiddle English cerimonie ; from Classical Latin caerimonia, awe, reverent rite, ceremony; probably ; from Etruscan
stand on ceremony
- 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 of ceremonyMiddle English ceremonie, from Latin caerimōnia, religious rite.
From Middle English, from Latin caerimonia or caeremonia, later often cerimonia (“sacredness, reverence, a sacred rite”).