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.
- cer·e·mo·ni·al·ism, noun
- cer·e·mo·ni·al·ist, noun
- cer·e·mo·ni·al·ly, adverb
- an·ti·cer·e·mo·ni·al, adjective
- an·ti·cer·e·mo·ni·al·ly, adverb
- an·ti·cer·e·mo·ni·al·ism, noun
- an·ti·cer·e·mo·ni·al·ist, noun, adjective
- non·cer·e·mo·ni·al, adjective
- non·cer·e·mo·ni·al·ly, adverb
- pre·cer·e·mo·ni·al, adjective
- un·cer·e·mo·ni·al, adjective
- un·cer·e·mo·ni·al·ly, adverb
- ceremonial , ceremonious
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How to use ceremonial in a sentence
They also come in three sizes and are more of a plug-and-play alternative to the more ceremonial and classic fountain pen.Must-have art supplies to let your inner creative shine | Sandra Gutierrez G. | February 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
Maybe the chains will rename the same items after new celebrities and influencers, turning Shawn Mendes’s bowl into a sort of ceremonial designation occupied in two-year terms.Celebrities have always done endorsements. Now they sell their fast food orders. | Jameson Rich | February 5, 2021 | Vox
An additional 2,000 active-duty service members are involved in the inauguration in ceremonial roles, said Army Maj.12 members of the National Guard removed from inauguration duty | Dan Lamothe, Alex Horton, Paul Sonne | January 19, 2021 | Washington Post
As the sun’s glare reflected off the fresh blanket of snow, it proved too bright for Robert Frost to read a ceremonial poem.How a surprise snowstorm almost spoiled Kennedy’s inauguration 60 years ago | Kevin Ambrose, Jason Samenow | January 19, 2021 | Washington Post
In Charlottesville, we have a confusing “city manager” form of government, where the mayor is primarily ceremonial, with no role in policing, and overlapping jurisdictions with Albemarle County and the University of Virginia.D.C. Officials Ignored the Lessons We Learned in Charlottesville. Here Are 3 Things Leaders Should Do to Help Prevent Future Attacks | Michael Signer | January 13, 2021 | Time
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Stay in formation,” a sergeant from the ceremonial unit said over a public address system to the cops along the street.
After all, it has been protecting popes for more than 500 years, and is often inaccurately portrayed as largely ceremonial.Is The Pope Unprotected Now That He’s Fired the Head of the Swiss Guards? | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the absence of ceremonial formalities, Francis favored a business-like manner.
They practiced ceremonial cannibalism, believing the hearts of their victims would imbue them with power.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
M'Bongo, the great chief of this neighbourhood, paid a ceremonial visit to my husband.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
This impulse to extend rule appears more plainly in many of the little ceremonial observances of the child.Children's Ways | James Sully
Nor was it merely the words of ceremonial which were of vital importance: other details must be attended to with equal exactness.The Religion of Ancient Rome | Cyril Bailey
But the state of perfectibility could be reached only by religious ceremonial observances and devout contemplation.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
The only form of marriage known to them was the stately religious ceremonial called, as will be explained hereafter, cnfarreti.The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for ceremonial
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
- ceremonialism, noun
- ceremonialist, noun
- ceremonially, adverb
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