- the formal activities conducted on some solemn or important public or state occasion: the coronation ceremony.
- a formal religious or sacred observance; a solemn rite: a marriage ceremony.
- formal observances or gestures collectively; ceremonial observances: The breathless messenger had no time for ceremony.
- any formal act or observance, especially a meaningless one: His low bow was mere ceremony.
- a gesture or act of politeness or civility: the ceremony of a handshake.
- strict adherence to conventional forms; formality: to leave a room without ceremony.
- stand on ceremony, to behave in a formal or ceremonious manner.
Origin of ceremony
Related Wordsfunction, observance, parade, service, show, rite, commemoration, formality, solemnity, ordinance, sacrament, custom, liturgy, tradition, ceremonial, pomp, protocol, form, propriety, decorum
Examples from the Web for ceremony
The ceremony ended with a singing of “God Bless America,” with some of those in the stands as well as de Blasio singing along.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
When he is awarded Player of the Match while competing for India in England, he is given champagne at the ceremony.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
He had a special knife designed to cut the dense loaf, and a ceremony to precede cutting the cake.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
At the end of the ceremony applauding him, Bergman walked to his table to embrace Hitchcock.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Ricky Gervais, the sultan of scorn, uttered that cheeky bit while emceeing the Golden Globes ceremony a few years back.The Golden Globes Sobers Up (Sort Of): Years of Ridicule and Bribery Rumors Scares HFPA Straight
December 11, 2014
Then there was the ceremony of the Corn to learn, the prayers and the dances.The Trail Book
I was certainly present at the ceremony, but I have utterly forgotten her name.Rico and Wiseli
The ceremony is gone through for the sake of pleasing a deity.Understanding the Scriptures
Peter knew he was experiencing a ceremony of some kind, the significance of which he must learn.Her Father's Daughter
In this ceremony it was known that John Castell had been doomed to play a leading part.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- a formal act or ritual, often set by custom or tradition, performed in observation of an event or anniversarya ceremony commemorating Shakespeare's birth
- a religious rite or series of rites
- a courteous gesture or actthe ceremony of toasting the Queen
- ceremonial observances or gestures collectivelythe ceremony of a monarchy
- stand on ceremony to insist on or act with excessive formality
- without ceremony in a casual or informal manner
Word Origin and History for ceremony
late 14c., cerymonye, from Old French ceremonie and directly from Medieval Latin ceremonia, from Latin caerimonia "holiness, sacredness; awe; reverent rite, sacred ceremony," an obscure word, possibly of Etruscan origin, or a reference to the ancient rites performed by the Etruscan pontiffs at Caere, near Rome. Introduced in English by Wyclif.
Idioms and Phrases with ceremony
see stand on (ceremony).