[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. cerecloth,
  2. ceredigion,
  3. cerement,
  4. ceremonial,
  5. ceremonial tea,
  6. ceremoniously,
  7. ceremony,
  8. cerenkov,
  9. cerenkov effect,
  10. cerenkov radiation

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 ceremoniously


/ (ˌsɛrɪˈməʊnɪəs) /


especially or excessively polite or formal
observing ceremony; involving formalities
Derived Formsceremoniously, adverbceremoniousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for ceremoniously



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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