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Definitions of ceremony

  1. a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way; "the ceremony of smelling the cork and tasting the wine"; "he makes a ceremony of addressing his golf ball"; "he disposed of it without ceremony" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion; "an inaugural ceremony" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Ar act or series of acts, often of a symbolical character, prescribed by law, custom, or authority, in the conduct of important matters, as in the performance of religious duties, the transaction of affairs of state, and the celebration of notable events; as, the ceremony of crowning a sovereign; the ceremonies observed in consecrating a church; marriage and baptismal ceremonies. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Behavior regulated by strict etiquette; a formal method of performing acts of civility; forms of civility prescribed by custom or authority. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter, garland, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A sign or prodigy; a portent. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A sacred rite; as, the marriage ceremony; a prescribed formality; behavior regulated by the laws of strict etiquette. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. A sacred rite: the outward form, religious or otherwise. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. A rite; observance; formality. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Ceremonial. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A formal act, rite, or observance; formal civility. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A prescribed form of observance of a more or less religious and solemn nature; the celebration of it; prescribed formality. Master of ceremonies, one who sees that the due forms are observed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Ar act or series of acts, often of a symbolical character, prescribed by law, custom, or authority, in the conduct of important matters, as in the performance of religious duties, the transaction of affairs of state, and the celebration of notable events; Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Outward forms or rites in religion; formal rules or regulations; certain kinds of social intercourse; state etiquette. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. ser'e-mo-ni, n. a sacred rite: the outward form, religious or otherwise: any empty form without inwardness: pomp or state; a portent or omen.--adj. CEREM[=O]'NIAL, relating to ceremony.--n. outward form: a system of ceremonies.--n. CEREM[=O]'NIALISM, adherence to outward form.--adv. CEREM[=O]'NIALLY.--adj. CEREM[=O]'NIOUS, full of ceremony: particular in observing forms: precise.--adv. CEREM[=O]'NIOUSLY.--n. CEREM[=O]NIOUSNESS.--MASTER OF CEREMONIES, the person who directs the form and order of the ceremonies to be observed on some public occasion. [Fr.--L. cærimonia, sanctity.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Outward religious rite or polite observance; empty form; stately usage; formalities; punctilious behaviour (without c., off-hand; stand upon c., insist on conventions, keep one\'s distance); Master of the Cc., superintending forms observed on state or public occasions. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. n. [Latin] Form; rite; observance;—mode of showing reverence, civility, &c.;—prescribed rule; etiquette; formality. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. Outward rite, external form in religion; forms of civility; outward forms of state. Complete Dictionary

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