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 introductionb : an action performed only formally with no deep significance the custom had probably been long a mere ceremony — C. Thirlwallc : 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 inaugurationb : 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.
Recent Examples of ceremony from the Web
A groundbreaking ceremony on the new Woodman's store was expected sometime this summer with the goal of hosting a grand opening in 2018.
At 3 p.m., a short ceremony honoring the Swim for Success volunteers is planned prior to the ribbon cutting.
Opening ceremonies are 7 p.m. July 6 at Play Ball Park at Bayfront Park.
Philadelphia has four to six administrative naturalization ceremonies each week, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The groom had managed to become intoxicated in the short time since the ceremony ended, and now tears were streaming down his bride's face.
One thousand guests, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, witnessed the wedding ceremony of my Aunt and Uncle, at Romsey Abbey.
After the parade there will be a brief ceremony in the Warder Park gazebo recognizing the freedoms America’s founders set in motion and a tribute to our military and veterans.
The launching ceremony was much like those held in the United States and involved raising the Chinese flag, a ribbon cutting, and the smashing of a champagne bottle against the ship's bow.
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Origin and Etymology of ceremony
Middle English ceremonie, from Medieval French ceremonie, from Latin caerimonia
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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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