• WordNet 3.6
    • n ceremony 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"
    • n ceremony the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion "an inaugural ceremony"
    • n ceremony a formal event performed on a special occasion "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the marriage ceremony of the Ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other
    • Ceremony A ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter, garland, etc. "Disrobe the images,
      If you find them decked with ceremonies . . . . Let no images
      Be hung with Cæsar's trophies."
    • Ceremony A sign or prodigy; a portent. "Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies ,
      Yet, now they fright me."
    • Ceremony 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 . "According to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof shall ye keep it [the Passover].""Bring her up the high altar, that she may
      The sacred ceremonies there partake."
      "The heralds] with awful ceremony And trumpet's sound, throughout the host proclaim
      A solemn council."
    • Ceremony Behavior regulated by strict etiquette; a formal method of performing acts of civility; forms of civility prescribed by custom or authority. "Ceremony was but devised at first
      To set a gloss on . . . hollow welcomes . . . But where there is true friendship there needs none."
      "Al ceremonies are in themselves very silly things; but yet a man of the world should know them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, Walt Disney was head of the committee that organized the opening day ceremonies
    • n ceremony A religious observance; a solemn rite.
    • n ceremony The formalities observed on some solemn or important public or state occasion in order to render it more imposing or impressive: as, the ceremony of crowning a king, or of laying a foundation-stone; the ceremony of inaugurating the President of the United States.
    • n ceremony A usage of politeness, or such usages collectively; formality; a punctilious adherence to conventional forms; punctilio.
    • n ceremony A ceremonial symbol or decoration.
    • n ceremony A sign or portent; a prodigy.
    • n ceremony An officer in many European cathedrals whose business it is to see that all the ceremonies, vestments, etc., peculiar to each season and festival are observed in the choir.
    • n ceremony Synonyms Form, Ceremony, Rite, Observance. Form is the most general of these words; it is impossible to join in worship without the use of some forms, however simple; we speak of legal forms, etc. Ceremony is a broader word than rite, in that a rite is always solemn and either an act of religion or suggestive of it, as marriage-rites, the rites of initiation, while ceremony goes so far as to cover forms of politeness. A rite is generally a prescribed or customary form, while a ceremony may be improvised tor an occasion: as, the ceremony of laying a corner-stone or opening a new bridge. Observance is primarily a compliance with a requirement, as in religion, where the word was applied to the act of compliance; as, the observance of the sabbath.
    • ceremony To confirm or join by a ceremony.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Japan, by the time man reaches the age of 60, he is commemorated with a special ceremony. This ceremony features the man wearing a red kimono, which denotes that he no longer has the responsibilities of being a mature adult
    • n Ceremony ser′e-mo-ni a sacred rite: the outward form, religious or otherwise: any empty form without inwardness: pomp or state; a portent or omen
    • n Ceremony outward form: a system of ceremonies
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  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “When love begins to sicken and decay it uses an enforced ceremony. [Julius Caesar]”
  • 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
F. cérémonie, L. caerimonia,; perh. akin to E. create, and from a root signifying to do or make,


In literature:

One does not go in "church" clothes nor with ceremonious manner; but in an informal and every-day spirit, to see one's friends and be seen by them.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
There could be no health, happiness, prosperity, not even an assurance of crops without these ceremonies.
"The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi" by Hattie Greene Lockett
A valet entered with a dignified air and ceremoniously announced that breakfast was served.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
The ceremony went on.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
The negroes are lovers of ludicrous actions, and hence all their ceremonies seem farcical.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
I had to support the baby's head during the ceremony, while an elderly woman held the little body.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
Ceremonies performed by the Natives, who go off to the Ships.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
The endowed priests, who performed temple ceremonies, were the teachers of the people and the patrons of culture.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
She plans to end a fasting ceremony on the fourth day from to-day.
"Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works" by Kåalidåasa
Go to Christian Shoemaker's in the Gap and perform the marriage ceremony of John C. Miller and Deborah Shoemaker.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Marriages are celebrated with a feast to which monks are invited but are not regarded as religious ceremonies.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
The ceremony off his mind, he sat silent, unresponsive to the openings I tried to make for a beginning.
"The House of the Misty Star" by Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
Special introducing may be made with propriety by the master of ceremonies.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Many of these were designed for and used in religious ceremonies.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
An Indian marriage is often a matter of little ceremony.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
Then came the joyous ceremony of the dedication.
"Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther" by Walter Adeney
The ceremony of consecrating churches was adopted in the three first centuries, and indeed some say from the time of the Apostles.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James

In poetry:

Spare me the whispering, crowded room,
The friends who come, and gape, and go;
The ceremonious air of gloom -
All which makes death a hideous show!
"A Wish" by Matthew Arnold
"The Second tells us what is right
In ceremonious calls:-
(A thing I quite forgot to-night),
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll
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
Find the loveliest shroud you own.
Stilt a ceremonious
Height on gilded heels. Then summon
To a rarity grown common
Starved arachnid, the dead-louse
And whatever feeds on bone.
"Admonition" by John Peale Bishop
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:

On Sunday afternoon Oct 7, members of All Saints Anglican Church of Peachtree City held a blessing and dedication ceremony for their land — home of a new church and campus.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Allegro Senior Living, 1031 Community Drive in Jupiter will take place at 9 am Oct 16.
Following the ceremony, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the new community before its grand opening gala on Oct 18.
Some tens of thousands of Buddhist monks attend a mass alms -offering ceremony in Bangkok's Chinatown March 24, 2012.
The ceremony was held to mark the 2,600th anniversary of the enlightenment of Lord Buddha REUTERS/Damir Sagolj.
Shaman Honorato Mishajo Shajoo, who conducted the ceremony.
Westward Leaning x Opening Ceremony.
The 2013 Silver Anvil Awards Ceremony will take place on June 13, in New York, N.Y.
The months-long relay ends tomorrow with the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame.
President Obama signs the Affordable Health Care for America Act during a ceremony with fellow Democrats in the East Room of the White House March 23.
The All Veterans Memorial Council thanks everyone that participated in the POW/MIA Ceremony held at the All Veterans Monument Sept 21.
Samuel Aquila , bishop of the Fargo Diocese, will become the fifth archbishop of Denver during invitation-only ceremonies Wednesday afternoon at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
Buffalo Bill performer remembered during ceremony.
Angela B Fagerstrom, City Clerk, performed the 12 0'clock ceremony with Robert J and Sallie L Connelly as witnesses.
A ceremony is scheduled for 10 am Oct 15 in the City Council Chambers.

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
As future work, we intend to evaluate the performance of the method on other kinds of scheduled events such as award ceremonies, keynote talks, other types of sport events, product presentations, TV shows, etc.
Towards Real-Time Summarization of Scheduled Events from Twitter Streams
For the Obama dataset, the first peak reveals the announcement of his winning the prize while the second peak presents the award-giving ceremony in Oslo.
Losing My Revolution: How Many Resources Shared on Social Media Have Been Lost?