- 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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Examples from the Web for ceremonially
Maj. Gen. M.A.R. West, commanding commonwealth Division, ceremonially dropped the puck in the regimental championship game.It Used to be a Warzone, it Became a Hockey Field
March 11, 2012
Now, ceremonially she put it down in front of them, on the ground.How the Gambia is Fighting FGC
February 5, 2011
Noa (n-a)--ceremonially free; unrestrained by tabu (p. 126).Unwritten Literature of Hawaii
Nathaniel Bright Emerson
“Well indeed,” said Mamba once again, falsely but ceremonially.The Fugitives
Yet they are regarded as ceremonially pure, and are often cooks to the zamindars.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
The bride cut it ceremonially, and it was distributed in the usual way.The Retrospect
The two next classes wear it and are canonically and ceremonially entitled.Cultus Arborum
- 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
Word Origin and History for ceremonially
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.