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ceremonial

[ser-uh-moh-nee-uh l]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by ceremony; formal; ritual: a ceremonial occasion.
  2. used in or in connection with ceremonies: ceremonial robes.
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noun
  1. a system of ceremonies, rites, or formalities prescribed for or observed on any particular occasion; a rite.
  2. Roman Catholic Church.
    1. the order for rites and ceremonies.
    2. a book containing it.
  3. formal behavior found at, or appropriate to, a certain occasion: the ceremonial of a state banquet.
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Origin of ceremonial

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin cēremōniālis, Late Latin caerimōniālis. See ceremony, -al1
Related formscer·e·mo·ni·al·ism, nouncer·e·mo·ni·al·ist, nouncer·e·mo·ni·al·ly, adverban·ti·cer·e·mo·ni·al, adjectivean·ti·cer·e·mo·ni·al·ly, adverban·ti·cer·e·mo·ni·al·ism, nounan·ti·cer·e·mo·ni·al·ist, noun, adjectivenon·cer·e·mo·ni·al, adjectivenon·cer·e·mo·ni·al·ly, adverbpre·cer·e·mo·ni·al, adjectiveun·cer·e·mo·ni·al, adjectiveun·cer·e·mo·ni·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedceremonial ceremonious

Synonyms

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1. solemn, conventional, ceremonious. 3. ritual, liturgy.

Antonyms

1. informal.
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  • He liked the Easter ceremonial better, perhaps, than that of Christmas.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He returned from his audience with the emperor in ceremonial robes, high on horseback.

  • To this the soothsayer adds the ceremonial element, 'attending upon the gods.'

  • Each bow—and he bowed often—was an act of ceremonial courtesy.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • Pomp and ceremonial, popes and kings, are toys for children.


British Dictionary definitions for ceremonial

ceremonial

adjective
  1. involving or relating to ceremony or ritual
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noun
  1. the observance of formality, esp in etiquette
  2. a plan for formal observances on a particular occasion; ritual
  3. Christianity
    1. the prescribed order of rites and ceremonies
    2. a book containing this
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Derived Formsceremonialism, nounceremonialist, nounceremonially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ceremonial

adj.

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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