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.
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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