What does ceremony mean?

Definitions for ceremony
ˈsɛr əˌmoʊ nicer·e·mo·ny

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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

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

  2. Ceremony(noun)

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

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

  3. Ceremony(noun)

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

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

  4. Ceremony(noun)

    a sign or prodigy; a portent

    Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ceremony

    A type of event for a specific purpose.

    The wedding ceremony was so very beautiful and about unity and love.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 7, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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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

Examples of ceremony in a Sentence

  1. Rebecca Morton:

    I wore the same outfit as I wore to graduation to all eleven of my exams and no university officials raised any issues with it, even though part of the invigilators’ job at examinations is to police subfusc, as a result I assumed the outfit was fine and wore it to graduation – hence my anger and confusion when I wasn’t allowed into the ceremony.

  2. Boryana Katsarova:

    Everyone is waiting for this moment, she is the heart of the ceremony.

  3. Linda Haywood:

    I was in complete shock, this was supposed to be a proud day for my son and my family. For the ceremony to turn out the way it turned out, I don't think anyone should have to pay for that.

  4. Neha Ojha:

    We were all waiting for him (Kundan) to host the naming ceremony of our daughter. Now we're preparing to hold his final rites.

  5. Team GB pilot John Jackson:

    Receiving the medal nearly six years after the medal ceremony in 2014 was a relief, to then realize there was a typo on( them) just summed up the whole farcical situation Great Britain bobsledders had been through.

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