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 formscer·e·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbcer·e·mo·ni·ous·ness, nounan·ti·cer·e·mo·ni·ous, adjectivean·ti·cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverban·ti·cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ness, nounnon·cer·e·mo·ni·ous, adjectivenon·cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbnon·cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ness, nounsu·per·cer·e·mo·ni·ous, adjectivesu·per·cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedceremonial ceremonious

Synonyms for ceremonious

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Contemporary Examples of ceremoniously

Historical Examples of ceremoniously

  • Falconer and Dick pushed their way through them none too ceremoniously.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice

  • On the threshold he faced about, and made them a bow, which they as ceremoniously returned.

    Major Vigoureux

    A. T. Quiller-Couch

  • She had received these ceremoniously, without losing her air of sadness.

  • "Your orders shall be obeyed," said Day, and ceremoniously left the cabin.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson

  • On their entry the Apache chiefs rose and saluted them ceremoniously.

    The Tiger-Slayer

    Gustave Aimard

British Dictionary definitions for ceremoniously



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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