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

Choose the Right Synonym for ceremonious

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 For the first time since the world has come to known COVID-19, water leaped from the mouths of four bronze sea horses, and the people clapped and danced as Mayor Lori Lightfoot exchanged fist bumps in front of the ceremonious display. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, 22 May 2021 Then, with a ceremonious flair, my dad pushed the shim rock into place. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 10 Apr. 2021 Trading in bulky knits and fleece bottoms for something light and airy feels almost ceremonious right now, and few silhouettes combine the easygoing nature of a house dress with the casual elegance of a button-down just so. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 8 Mar. 2021 The master of ceremonious Eros is, for once, hanging out with random guys. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021 The veteran winger was on the ice when Kaprizov set up the team's first two goals, scooping up the ceremonious puck after Kaprizov's first NHL point. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 16 Jan. 2021 And so there were two transitions — the public and the private, the ceremonious and the suspicious, the one that treated Trump as the legitimate president-elect and the one that was interrogating his relationship with Russia. New York Times, 15 Jan. 2017 Birmingham has a city manager form of government, with the mayor holding a mostly ceremonious role and serving as the chair of the City Commission. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 10 Nov. 2020 Along with tense and poignant medical and familial dramas, the director evokes her own self-aware participation in the story by way of her cousin’s ceremonious public interactions. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2020

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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 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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