[ 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 confusedceremonial ceremonious
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British Dictionary definitions for ceremonious


/ (ˌsɛrɪˈməʊnɪəs) /


especially or excessively polite or formal
observing ceremony; involving formalities
Derived Formsceremoniously, adverbceremoniousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ceremonious



1550s, from Middle French cérémonieux or directly from Late Latin caerimoniosus, from Latin caerimonia (see ceremony). Meaning "full of show and ceremony" is from 1610s. Related: Ceremoniously; ceremoniousness.

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