ceremonial

adjective
cer·​e·​mo·​ni·​al | \ ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əl How to pronounce ceremonial (audio) , ˌse-rə- \

Definition of ceremonial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : marked by, involved in, or belonging to ceremony : stressing careful attention to form and detail ceremonial rites
2 : having no real power or influence his new position is largely ceremonial

ceremonial

noun

Definition of ceremonial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a ceremonial act, action, or system

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Other Words from ceremonial

Adjective

ceremonialism \ ˌser-​ə-​ˈmō-​nē-​ə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce ceremonial (audio) , ˌse-​rə-​ \ noun
ceremonialist \ ˌser-​ə-​ˈmō-​nē-​ə-​list How to pronounce ceremonial (audio) , ˌse-​rə-​ \ noun
ceremonially \ ˌser-​ə-​ˈmō-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce ceremonial (audio) , ˌse-​rə-​ \ adverb

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Adjective

ceremonial, ceremonious, formal, conventional mean marked by attention to or adhering strictly to prescribed forms. ceremonial and ceremonious both imply strict attention to what is prescribed by custom or by ritual, but ceremonial applies to things that are associated with ceremonies a ceremonial offering , ceremonious to persons given to ceremony or to acts attended by ceremony. made his ceremonious entrance formal applies both to things prescribed by and to persons obedient to custom and may suggest stiff, restrained, or old-fashioned behavior. a formal report the headmaster's formal manner conventional implies accord with general custom and usage conventional courtesy and may suggest a stodgy lack of originality or independence. conventional fiction

Examples of ceremonial in a Sentence

Adjective The tribe has different ceremonial masks for each ceremony. His new position is largely ceremonial because all the decisions are actually made by a committee. Noun a number of religious ceremonials the funeral of a pope is usually marked by rich pageantry and elaborate ceremonials
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This was a reference for yet another scheme, according to which Pence would somehow use his purely ceremonial role as the presider at Wednesday’s joint session to sabotage the Electoral College count. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Alarming Call to Battle in Georgia," 5 Jan. 2021 As president of the Senate, the vice president normally would have only a ceremonial role in counting the electoral votes. John Fund, National Review, "Wednesday’s Electoral College Debate: All Eyes on Pence," 3 Jan. 2021 Trump is refusing to concede, and pressure is mounting on Vice President Mike Pence to ensure victory while presiding in what is typically a ceremonial role over the congressional session. Lisa Mascaro And, BostonGlobe.com, "Collins, other Republicans condemn GOP ‘scheme’ to undo election for Trump," 3 Jan. 2021 Further, the lawsuit argues that the Electoral Count Act of 1887, which assigns the vice president a ceremonial role in announcing the election results, circumscribes his power under the 12th Amendment. Fox News, "Pence, House seek to dismiss Gohmert-GOP suit aimed at letting him overturn election," 1 Jan. 2021 Further, the lawsuit argues that the Electoral Count Act of 1887, which assigns the vice president a ceremonial role in announcing the election results, circumscribes his power under the 12th Amendment. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Pence, House Seek to Dismiss GOP Suit Aimed at Letting Him Overturn Election," 1 Jan. 2021 Davis is scheduled to be honored April 22 in an online ceremony that will include a roast, a discussion and a speech from Davis as she is presented with her ceremonial pudding pot. BostonGlobe.com, "Viola Davis is named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year," 16 Apr. 2021 As the consort to the sovereign, Philip is entitled to a ceremonial funeral, the same type used to honor the Queen Mother and Princess Diana. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Prince Philip's funeral: When is it? Will it be on TV? More pressing questions, answered," 16 Apr. 2021 Ducey planned a ceremonial signing of the compacts with tribal leaders Thursday in Phoenix. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "New casinos, more slots coming to Arizona as Gov. Doug Ducey signs deal with tribes," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This process is in some respects ceremonial, because by January the media has declared a winner and usually a concession speech has been given. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | AMY DACEY: Who declares the presidential winner?," 27 Sep. 2020 This process is in some respects ceremonial, because by January the media has declared a winner and usually a concession speech has been given. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | AMY DACEY: Who declares the presidential winner?," 27 Sep. 2020 This process is in some respects ceremonial, because by January the media has declared a winner and usually a concession speech has been given. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | AMY DACEY: Who declares the presidential winner?," 27 Sep. 2020 Speaking of experts and politicians, a Palm Beach County position that is typical thought of as ceremonial was anything but that for Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, "2020 is a year of surprises. Will it shake up the races in Palm Beach County?," 16 Oct. 2020 This process is in some respects ceremonial, because by January the media has declared a winner and usually a concession speech has been given. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | AMY DACEY: Who declares the presidential winner?," 27 Sep. 2020 Coming at the very pinnacle of Paris, the fashion ceremonial that is the Louis Vuitton show is always the grand finale, the last word, on the very last day, of a month of shows in four capitals. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "“Today, There Is No Question—You Have to Do the Right Thing”: Nicolas Ghesquière Shares His Hopes for the Future of Fashion," 6 Oct. 2020 This process is in some respects ceremonial, because by January the media has declared a winner and usually a concession speech has been given. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | AMY DACEY: Who declares the presidential winner?," 27 Sep. 2020 This process is in some respects ceremonial, because by January the media has declared a winner and usually a concession speech has been given. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | AMY DACEY: Who declares the presidential winner?," 27 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of ceremonial

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1679, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ceremonial was in the 14th century

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1 May 2021

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“Ceremonial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceremonial. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for ceremonial

ceremonial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ceremonial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: used in or done as part of a ceremony
: including a ceremony : marked by a ceremony
: without real power or influence

ceremonial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ceremonial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a special ceremony

ceremonial

adjective
cer·​e·​mo·​ni·​al | \ ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əl How to pronounce ceremonial (audio) \

Kids Definition of ceremonial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, used in, or being a ceremony ceremonial drums a ceremonial dinner

Other Words from ceremonial

ceremonially adverb

ceremonial

noun

Kids Definition of ceremonial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a special ceremony

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