ceremony

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noun cer·e·mo·ny \ˈser-ə-ˌmō-nē, ˈse-rə-\

Definition of ceremony

plural

ceremonies

  1. 1 :  a formal act or series of acts prescribed by ritual, protocol, or convention the marriage ceremony

  2. 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

  3. 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

  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.

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

ceremony

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noun cer·e·mo·ny \ˈser-ə-ˌmō-nē, ˈse-rə-\

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

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noun cer·e·mo·ny \ˈser-ə-ˌmō-nē\

Definition of ceremony for Students

plural

ceremonies 1

  1. 2 :  very polite behavior :  formality “Who are you?” the lady demanded without ceremony.



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