Ceremony meaning

sĕrə-mōnē
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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.

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Strict observance of formalities or etiquette.

The head of state was welcomed with full ceremony.

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A conventional social gesture or act of courtesy.

The ceremony of shaking hands when introduced.

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A formal act without intrinsic purpose; an empty form.

Ignored the ceremony of asking for comments from other committee members.

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A formal act or set of acts performed as prescribed by ritual or custom.

A wedding ceremony; the Japanese tea ceremony.

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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.
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Behavior that follows rigid etiquette or a prescribed form.
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A conventionally courteous or polite act.
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A ritual with religious significance.
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An official gathering to celebrate, commemorate, or otherwise mark some event.
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A formal socially established behaviour, often in relation to people of different ranks.
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The service or function at which such acts are performed.
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stand on ceremony
  • To behave with or insist on formality.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of ceremony

  • Middle English ceremonie from Latin caerimōnia religious rite

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Latin caerimonia or caeremonia, later often cerimonia (“sacredness, reverence, a sacred rite”).

    From Wiktionary