- a system of ceremonies, rites, or formalities prescribed for or observed on any particular occasion; a rite.
- Roman Catholic Church.
- the order for rites and ceremonies.
- a book containing it.
- formal behavior found at, or appropriate to, a certain occasion: the ceremonial of a state banquet.
Origin of ceremonial
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1. solemn, conventional, ceremonious. 3. ritual, liturgy.
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Examples from the Web for ceremonialist
Papist and sceptic, mystic and ceremonialist, latitudinarian and Presbyterian, all were hostile.History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)</p>
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- involving or relating to ceremony or ritual
- the observance of formality, esp in etiquette
- a plan for formal observances on a particular occasion; ritual
- the prescribed order of rites and ceremonies
- a book containing this
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Word Origin and History for ceremonialist
c.1400, "belonging to (religious) ritual," also as a noun, "a ceremonial practice," from Late Latin caerimonialis "pertaining to ceremony," from caerimonia (see ceremony). Related: Ceremonially.
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