ceremony

noun cer·e·mo·ny \ ˈser-ə-ˌmō-nē , ˈse-rə- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of ceremony

plural ceremonies
1 :a formal act or series of acts prescribed by ritual, protocol, or convention
  • the marriage ceremony
2 a :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
3 a :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

  1. There will be a ceremony honoring the town's veterans next week.

  2. With great ceremony, the children presented each of the visitors with a gift.

  3. He told them abruptly and without ceremony that they would have to leave.

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Origin and Etymology of ceremony

Middle English ceremonie, from Medieval French ceremonie, from Latin caerimonia



CEREMONY Defined for English Language Learners

ceremony

noun

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


CEREMONY Defined for Kids

ceremony

noun cer·e·mo·ny \ ˈser-ə-ˌmō-nē \

Definition of ceremony for Students

plural ceremonies 1
:an act or series of acts performed in some regular way according to fixed rules especially as part of a social or religious event
  • the marriage ceremony
2 :very polite behavior :formality
  • “Who are you?” the lady demanded without ceremony.


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