: devoted to forms and ceremony <ceremonious courtiers>
: of, relating to, or constituting a ceremony <a ceremonious occasion>
: according to formal usage or prescribed procedures <the cold and ceremonious politeness of her curtsey — Jane Austen>
: marked by ceremony <a ceremonious procession>
— cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ly adverb
— cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ness noun
Examples of CEREMONIOUS
- She read the announcement in a very ceremonious way.
- <a century ago everyday life was much more ceremonious than in our anything-goes era>
First Known Use of CEREMONIOUS
Related to CEREMONIOUS
- correct, decorous, formal, nice, proper, punctilious, starchy, stiff, stiff-necked, stilted
- casual, easygoing, informal, laid-back, unceremonious
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