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  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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  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



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  • Papist and sceptic, mystic and ceremonialist, latitudinarian and Presbyterian, all were hostile.

    History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)

    John Richard Green

British Dictionary definitions for ceremonialist


  1. involving or relating to ceremony or ritual
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  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 ceremonialist



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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