• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ceremonious rigidly formal or bound by convention "their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt"
    • adj ceremonious characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a fifty pound rock. More than twenty people witnessed the ceremony
    • Ceremonious According to prescribed or customary rules and forms; devoted to forms and ceremonies; formally respectful; punctilious. "Ceremonious phrases.""Too ceremonious and traditional."
    • Ceremonious Consisting of outward forms and rites; ceremonial. In this sense ceremonial is now preferred "The ceremonious part of His worship."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles was the first time the three-level winner's stand was used for the medal ceremony.
    • ceremonious Consisting of or relating to outward forms and rites; conformable to prescribed ceremony.
    • ceremonious Full of ceremony or formality; marked by solemnity of manner or method.
    • ceremonious According to prescribed or customary formalities or punctilios; characterized by more elaborate forms of politeness than are commonly used between intimate acquaintances; formal in manner or method: as, ceremonious phrases.
    • ceremonious Observant of conventional forms; fond of using ceremony; punctilious as to outward observances and ceremonies.
    • ceremonious Synonyms Ceremonious, Ceremonial, Formal. Ceremonious, full of ceremony, fond of ceremony; ceremonial, consisting in or having the nature of ceremony, or bearing upon ceremonies: as, ceremonious manners, persons; ceremonial law, rites, uncleanness. Formal differs from ceremonious in that a formal person tries too hard to conform to rule in his whole bearing as well as in his bearing toward others, while a ceremonious person magnifies too much the conventional rules of social intercourse; thus both are opposed to natural, formal to easy, and ceremonious to hearty or friendly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st Academy Awards ceremony to be telecast was the 25th, in 1953.
    • adj Ceremonious full of ceremony: particular in observing forms: precise
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  • Amy Vanderbilt
    Amy Vanderbilt
    “We must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man.”
  • William Butler Yeats
    “Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.”
  • Proverb
    “Nothing is more noble than politeness, and nothing more ridiculous than ceremony.”
  • Herbert Spencer
    “Marriage: A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. cérémonieux, L. Caerimoniosus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. cærimonia, sanctity.


In literature:

The Mohammedans have no preaching services such as we have except on holidays, when certain ceremonies are carried out.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
The ceremonies of clothing the accused woman at her trial.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
They were ushered into the Chief's presence without any ceremony.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
The meaning of this ceremony is obscure.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
No other ceremony was required.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Without a doubt certain ceremonies and holidays of the church were based on pagan models.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
Hat and gloves are invariably worn with this gown if the affair is ceremonious.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
At their marriage they kill fowls, as I have narrated; but this is a ceremony, not a sacrifice.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
They treated me with less ceremony.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The ceremony with which you keep your beautiful body is a religion.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon

In poetry:

To-day at morn I set the dish aside,
Saying: "Since to fast so many mortals choose
Shall not I too the ceremony use?"
Small place had love therein, or aught but pride.
"Friday" by Charles Walter Stansby Williams
Little Dame Spider arose with a rustle,
Welcomed him with ceremonious bustle;
Quick as a flash threw her long arms around him,
Heeded no buzzing, but held him and bound him;
"Dame Spider" by Clara Doty Bates
``Not crowded aisle and ceremonial nave
Claim those that have from me life's lesson learned.
Who best have loved them bear them to their grave,
Where they near home lie `quietly inurned.'''
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
She's the one I carried my bones to
and built a house that was just a cot
and built a life that was over an hour
and built a castle where no one lives
and built, in the end, a song
to go with the ceremony.
"The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts" by Anne Sexton
I'd quoted him so often to the young lads round about
To show that we old fellows still were far from petered out,
Could take a hand at ceremonies, could sing a Mass and that;
So when we had a big day here I called on Father Pat.
"Vale` - Father Pat" by John O Brien
The funerals were conducted at the expense of the local authority,
And two hours and more elapsed at the mournful ceremony;
And at one grave there were two thousand people, a very great crowd,
And most of the men were bareheaded ad weeping aloud.
"Burning of the Exeter Theatre" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

That gratitude will be expressed Thursday when the legendary black aviators will receive a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.
THE MONTICELLO CHAPTER of Sullivan Renaissance won the top $20,000 prize during the awards ceremony in Bethel Sunday.
About 400 people visited the new Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Basehor for weekend ceremonies that included Saturday's dedication of the church, pictured, and the first Sunday worship service.
12 Ideas The Olympics Committee Rejected Before Deciding To Have Liam Gallagher Sing "Wonderwall" At The Closing Ceremony.
A larger-than-life, but not actually alive, Ruhollah Khomeini is trotted our for a very special military ceremony.
LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry High School baccalaureate ceremony will be held in Concord next year, as opposed to Manchester as in previous years.
This community church service for all denominations is held to honor the seniors of 2009 in an open and inviting ceremony meant to reach out to all students and families.
The singer wed his longtime girlfriend Rochelle Kandis in an elegant ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The British Academy of Film and Television is switching up its corporate partners for its annual film awards ceremony.
Exclusive images photographed by Charlie Gray at the annual awards ceremony, which took place on Saturday, Feb 12 at the Royal Opera House in London.
The ceremony took place on Sunday, May 8 at The Brewery in London.
A large number of Elk County veterans were recognized during the ceremony.
On May 12, TIME managing editor Rick Stengel spoke at Indianapolis' Butler University graduation ceremony.
The deaths of three people after a sweat-lodge ceremony near Sedona are bringing new attention to complaints that sacred Native American ceremonies are being commercialized and demeaned by the spiritual-growth movement.
Clayton State University got a head start on its fall commencement ceremonies Wednesday night, by recognizing 38 soon-to-be master's degree recipients during two pre-commencement ceremonies held at the school.

In science:

For me, the most memorable part of the HEP99 meeting was a formal ceremony conducted by four young physicists representing the four LEP collaborations—Fabio Cerutti, Magali Gr¨uwe, Simonetta Gentile, and Mario Pimenta.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
The title of the ceremony was: ‘Any sign of New Physics in the 1999 LEP data?’.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
It might be that while observing the due ceremonial of everyday market transaction we are in fact observing capital flows resulting from quantum games eluding classical description.
Quantum Game Theory in Finance
Thousands of people have attended a ceremony in Nairobi commemorating the first anniversary of the deadly bombings attacks against U.S.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
Thousands of people have attended a ceremony in Nairobi commemorating the first anniversary of the deadly bombings attacks against U.S.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization