of, relating to, or characterized by ceremony; formal; ritual: a ceremonial occasion.
used in or in connection with ceremonies: ceremonial robes.


a system of ceremonies, rites, or formalities prescribed for or observed on any particular occasion; a rite.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. the order for rites and ceremonies.
  2. a book containing it.
formal behavior found at, or appropriate to, a certain occasion: the ceremonial of a state banquet.

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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Antonyms for ceremonial

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involving or relating to ceremony or ritual


the observance of formality, esp in etiquette
a plan for formal observances on a particular occasion; ritual
  1. the prescribed order of rites and ceremonies
  2. a book containing this
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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