cer·​e·​mo·​ni·​ous | \ ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əs How to pronounce ceremonious (audio) , ˌse-rə- \

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

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Other Words from ceremonious

ceremoniously adverb
ceremoniousness noun

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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 ceremonious in a Sentence

She read the announcement in a very ceremonious way. a century ago everyday life was much more ceremonious than in our anything-goes era
Recent Examples on the Web Thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, a cat, a bird, and a snake met ceremonious yet unfortunate ends. Matt Simon, Wired, "Ever Seen Inside a Mummified Cat? Well Now You Have," 20 Aug. 2020 There were ceremonious press conferences to announce the mergers. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Mardi Gras Krewe of Pygmalion cries foul as other krewes expand with former Nyx members," 19 Aug. 2020 In recent days, Flood and the broadcast’s lead commentator, Leigh Diffey, began discussing how to lead into something that was, and still is, supposed to be so ceremonious, when large swaths of the country are protesting in the streets. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "With IndyCar in primetime, NBC carrying heavy burden: 'We need an Indy 500 level of excitement'," 5 June 2020 There was something ceremonious about drinking that SlimFast, like putting on war paint. Ottessa Moshfegh, The New Yorker, "The Smell of Doughnuts," 1 June 2020 Seniors drove three-wide around the track before ultimately crossing the finish line as a ceremonious end to their high-school careers. azcentral, "Arizona reopening: Everyday movement no longer limited as state moves into weekend," 16 May 2020 Trump's 78-minute speech was far from the respectful, ceremonious address its reputation usually carries. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Dad of Parkland shooting victim gets kicked out of State of the Union for yelling at Trump," 5 Feb. 2020 The ceremonious milestone inside the New York Stock Exchange was more than a financial event for Slack. Fortune, "Slack Spreads Its Wings: What’s Next for the Newly Public Company," 27 Aug. 2019 One of the opera’s most haunting moments, at the conclusion of the first act, is when a trio of nightwatchmen is heard enjoining in ceremonious unison husbands and wives to love each other, entrusting them with the seed of new life. The New York Review of Books, "The Art of the Possible at Havana’s Bienal," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of ceremonious

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ceremonious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceremonious. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ceremonious

: formal and serious : suitable for a ceremony


cer·​e·​mo·​ni·​ous | \ ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əs How to pronounce ceremonious (audio) \

Kids Definition of ceremonious

1 : ceremonial entry 1 a ceremonious occasion

Other Words from ceremonious

ceremoniously adverb With each of them, as he entered, he ceremoniously shook hands … — Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

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