- 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 ceremonial
In contrast, Boehner's leadership team filed into his ceremonial office and greeted the teary newly-elected Speaker with hugs.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup
Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich
January 6, 2015
“Stay in formation,” a sergeant from the ceremonial unit said over a public address system to the cops along the street.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
In the absence of ceremonial formalities, Francis favored a business-like manner.Pope’s Blistering Attack on ‘Haggard’ Europe
November 26, 2014
Former Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass presented Jarrouj with a ceremonial sword.Welcome to Assadville, USA
November 11, 2014
Indeed there is a pre-Hispanic ceremonial site located a scant 400 meters from the outer edge of the Otomí Lake & Villas property.Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
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.The Chinese Fairy Book
To this the soothsayer adds the ceremonial element, 'attending upon the gods.'Euthyphro
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.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- 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 ceremonial
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.