Definition of ceremony
1 : a formal act or series of acts prescribed by ritual, protocol, or convention <the marriage ceremony>
2a : a conventional act of politeness or etiquette <the ceremony of introduction>b : an action performed only formally with no deep significance <the custom had probably been long a mere ceremony — C. Thirlwall>c : a routine action performed with elaborate pomp <the weekly ceremony of giving out the wages to the help>
3a : 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 in a sentence
There will be a ceremony honoring the town's veterans next week.
With great ceremony, the children presented each of the visitors with a gift.
He told them abruptly and without ceremony that they would have to leave.
Origin and Etymology of ceremony
Middle English ceremonie, from Medieval French ceremonie, from Latin caerimonia
First Known Use: 14th century
CEREMONY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ceremony for English Language Learners
: a formal act or event that is a part of a social or religious occasion
: very polite or formal behavior
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