ceremonious


cer·e·mo·ni·ous

adjective \ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əs, ˌse-rə-\

: 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>
cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ly adverb
cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ness noun

Examples of CEREMONIOUS

  1. She read the announcement in a very ceremonious way.
  2. <a century ago everyday life was much more ceremonious than in our anything-goes era>

First Known Use of CEREMONIOUS

1553

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