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ceremony

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noun cer·e·mo·ny \ˈser-ə-ˌmō-nē, ˈse-rə-\

Simple Definition of ceremony

  • : a formal act or event that is a part of a social or religious occasion

  • : very polite or formal behavior

Full Definition of ceremony

plural cer·e·mo·nies

  1. 1 :  a formal act or series of acts prescribed by ritual, protocol, or convention <the marriage ceremony>

  2. 2 a :  a conventional act of politeness or etiquette <the ceremony of introduction> b :  an action performed only formally with no deep significance c :  a routine action performed with elaborate pomp

  3. 3 a :  prescribed procedures :  usages <the ceremony attending an inauguration> b :  observance of an established code of civility or politeness <opened the door without ceremony and strode in>

Examples of ceremony

  1. There will be a ceremony honoring the town's veterans next week.

  2. With great ceremony, the children presented each of the visitors with a gift.

  3. He told them abruptly and without ceremony that they would have to leave.



Origin of ceremony

Middle English ceremonie, from Middle French ceremonie, from Latin caerimonia


First Known Use: 14th century



CEREMONY Defined for Kids

ceremony

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noun cer·e·mo·ny \ˈser-ə-ˌmō-nē\

Definition of ceremony

plural cer·e·mo·nies 1

  1. 2 :  very polite behavior :  formality <“Who are you?” the lady demanded without ceremony.>





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