[ ser-uh-moh-nee-uhs ]
/ ˌsɛr əˈmoʊ ni əs /


carefully observant of ceremony; formally or elaborately polite: He greeted his rival with a ceremonious display of friendship.
pertaining to, marked by, or consisting of ceremony; formal: a ceremonious reception.

Origin of ceremonious

1545–55; ceremony + -ous; compare Middle French cerimonieux < Late Latin caerimōniōsus

Related forms

Can be confused

ceremonial ceremonious
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British Dictionary definitions for ceremonious


/ (ˌsɛrɪˈməʊnɪəs) /


especially or excessively polite or formal
observing ceremony; involving formalities

Derived Forms

ceremoniously, adverbceremoniousness, noun
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