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[ser-uh-moh-nee-uh s] /ˌsɛr əˈmoʊ ni əs/
carefully observant of ceremony; formally or elaborately polite:
He greeted his rival with a ceremonious display of friendship.
pertaining to, marked by, or consisting of ceremony; formal:
a ceremonious reception.
Origin of ceremonious
1545-55; ceremony + -ous; compare Middle French cerimonieux < Late Latin caerimōniōsus
Related forms
ceremoniously, adverb
ceremoniousness, noun
anticeremonious, adjective
anticeremoniously, adverb
anticeremoniousness, noun
nonceremonious, adjective
nonceremoniously, adverb
nonceremoniousness, noun
superceremonious, adjective
superceremoniously, adverb
superceremoniousness, noun
Can be confused
ceremonial, ceremonious.
1. ceremonial; conventional, punctilious. Unabridged
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  • Falconer and Dick pushed their way through them none too ceremoniously.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • On the threshold he faced about, and made them a bow, which they as ceremoniously returned.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • She had received these ceremoniously, without losing her air of sadness.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • "Your orders shall be obeyed," said Day, and ceremoniously left the cabin.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson
  • On their entry the Apache chiefs rose and saluted them ceremoniously.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for ceremoniously


especially or excessively polite or formal
observing ceremony; involving formalities
Derived Forms
ceremoniously, adverb
ceremoniousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ceremoniously



1550s, from Middle French cérémonieux or directly from Late Latin caerimoniosus, from Latin caerimonia (see ceremony). Meaning "full of show and ceremony" is from 1610s. Related: Ceremoniously; ceremoniousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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