Ceremony Definition

sĕrə-mōnē
ceremonies
noun
ceremonies
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.
Webster's New World
The service or function at which such acts are performed.
Webster's New World
A conventionally courteous or polite act.
Webster's New World
Behavior that follows rigid etiquette or a prescribed form.
Webster's New World
Formality or formalities.
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Antonyms:
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idiom
stand on ceremony
  • to behave with or insist on formality
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Other Word Forms of Ceremony

Noun

Singular:
ceremony
Plural:
ceremonies

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Ceremony

Origin of Ceremony

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English ceremonie from Latin caerimōnia religious rite

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

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