Simple Definition of ceremonious
: formal and serious : suitable for a ceremony
Full Definition of ceremonious
1 : devoted to forms and ceremony <ceremonious courtiers>
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a ceremony <a ceremonious occasion>
3 : according to formal usage or prescribed procedures <the cold and ceremonious politeness of her curtsey — Jane Austen>
4 : marked by ceremony <a ceremonious procession>
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>
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