What does ceremony mean?

Definitions for ceremonyˈsɛr əˌmoʊ ni

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

  5. Origin: [F. crmonie, L. caerimonia; perh. akin to E. create and from a root signifying to do or make.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ceremony

    ser′e-mo-ni, n. a sacred rite: the outward form, religious or otherwise: any empty form without inwardness: pomp or state; a portent or omen.—adj. Ceremō′nial, relating to ceremony.—n. outward form: a system of ceremonies.—n. Ceremō′nialism, adherence to outward form.—adv. Ceremō′nially.—adj. Ceremō′nious, full of ceremony: particular in observing forms: precise.—adv. Ceremō′niously.—n. Ceremōniousness.—Master of ceremonies, the person who directs the form and order of the ceremonies to be observed on some public occasion. [Fr.—L. cærimonia, sanctity.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ceremony in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ceremony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kathleen Norris:

    Intimacy is what makes a marriage, not a ceremony, not a piece of paper from the state.

  2. Ed McCarthy:

    Opening the bottle of Champagne is a ceremony that brings together everyone in the group.

  3. Matt Ghaffari:

    I looked up and saw my flag. But I didn't hear my anthem. (about the award ceremony, Atlanta Olympics)

  4. Christine Todd:

    'These are days you'll remember.' If you recall nothing else from your graduation ceremony, remember you heard the New Jersey Governor quote from 10,000 Maniacs.

  5. Talladega College President Billy Hawkins:

    It’s about the students to have an opportunity to participate in this national stage, in this inaugural ceremony, it’s a civics ceremony. It’s not about politics.

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