Definitions for ceremonyˈsɛr əˌmoʊ ni

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cer•e•mo•nyˈsɛr əˌmoʊ ni(n.)(pl.)-nies.

  1. the formal activities conducted on some solemn or important public or state occasion.

  2. a formal religious or sacred observance; a solemn rite:

    a marriage ceremony.

  3. any formal act, esp. one performed without meaning or significance.

  4. a gesture or act of politeness or civility.

  5. formality:

    to leave without ceremony.

Idioms for ceremony:

  1. stand on ceremony,to behave in a formal or ceremonious manner.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of ceremony:

1350–1400; ME cerimonie (< MF) < L caerimōnia sacred rite

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observance(noun)

    a formal event performed on a special occasion

    "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"

  2. ceremony(noun)

    any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way

    "the ceremony of smelling the cork and tasting the wine"; "he makes a ceremony of addressing his golf ball"; "he disposed of it without ceremony"

  3. ceremony(noun)

    the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion

    "an inaugural ceremony"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ceremony(noun)ˈsɛr əˌmoʊ ni

    a special event marking an important occasion

    a wedding/graduation ceremony

  2. ceremonyˈsɛr əˌmoʊ ni

    formal things always said or done during a ceremony

    He introduced the guests with great ceremony.


  1. ceremony(Noun)

    A ritual with religious significance.

  2. ceremony(Noun)

    An official gathering to celebrate, commemorate, or otherwise mark some event.

  3. ceremony(Noun)

    Formal socially-established behaviour often in relation to people of different ranks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ceremony(noun)

    ar act or series of acts, often of a symbolical character, prescribed by law, custom, or authority, in the conduct of important matters, as in the performance of religious duties, the transaction of affairs of state, and the celebration of notable events; as, the ceremony of crowning a sovereign; the ceremonies observed in consecrating a church; marriage and baptismal ceremonies

  2. Ceremony(noun)

    behavior regulated by strict etiquette; a formal method of performing acts of civility; forms of civility prescribed by custom or authority

  3. Ceremony(noun)

    a ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter, garland, etc

  4. Ceremony(noun)

    a sign or prodigy; a portent


  1. Ceremony

    A ceremony is an event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion. The word may be of Etruscan origin, via the Latin caerimonia.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ceremony' in Nouns Frequency: #1724

Translations for ceremony

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a sacred or formal act, eg a wedding, funeral etc

a marriage ceremony.

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