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ceremonial

adjective cer·e·mo·ni·al \ ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əl , ˌse-rə- \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of ceremonial

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

ceremonialism

play \-ə-ˌli-zəm\ noun

ceremonialist

play \-ə-list\ noun

ceremonially

play \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of ceremonial in a Sentence

  1. The tribe has different ceremonial masks for each ceremony.

  2. His new position is largely ceremonial because all the decisions are actually made by a committee.

Recent Examples of ceremonial from the Web

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First Known Use of ceremonial

14th century

Synonym Discussion of ceremonial

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

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ceremonial

noun

Definition of ceremonial

:a ceremonial act, action, or system

Examples of ceremonial in a Sentence

  1. a number of religious ceremonials

  2. the funeral of a pope is usually marked by rich pageantry and elaborate ceremonials

Recent Examples of ceremonial from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ceremonial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of ceremonial

14th century


CEREMONIAL Defined for English Language Learners

ceremonial

adjective

Definition of ceremonial for English Language Learners

  • : used in or done as part of a ceremony

  • : including a ceremony : marked by a ceremony

  • : without real power or influence


ceremonial

noun

Definition of ceremonial for English Language Learners

  • : a special ceremony


CEREMONIAL Defined for Kids

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ceremonial

adjective cer·e·mo·ni·al \ ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əl \

Definition of ceremonial for Students

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

ceremonially

adverb

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ceremonial

noun

Definition of ceremonial for Students

:a special ceremony


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