• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ceremonial marked by pomp or ceremony or formality "a ceremonial occasion","ceremonial garb"
    • n ceremonial 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
    • Ceremonial A system of rules and ceremonies, enjoined by law, or established by custom, in religious worship, social intercourse, or the courts of princes; outward form. "The gorgeous ceremonial of the Burgundian court."
    • Ceremonial Observant of forms; ceremonious. In this sense ceremonious is now preferred "He moves in the dull ceremonial track."
    • Ceremonial Relating to ceremony, or external rite; ritual; according to the forms of established rites. "Ceremonial observances and outward show."
    • Ceremonial The order for rites and forms in the Roman Catholic church, or the book containing the rules prescribed to be observed on solemn occasions.
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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
    • ceremonial Relating to ceremonies or external forms or rites: ritual; pertaining to or consisting in the observance of set forms or formalities.
    • ceremonial Specifically Pertaining to the forms and rites of the Jewish religion: as, the ceremonial law, as distinguished from the moral law.
    • ceremonial Observant of forms; precise in manners; formal: as, “the dull, ceremonial track,”
    • ceremonial Synonyms Ceremonious, Formal, etc. See ceremonious.
    • n ceremonial A system of rites or ceremonies enjoined by law or established by custom, as in religious worship, social intercourse, etc.; rites, formalities, or requirements of etiquette, to be observed on any special occasion.
    • n ceremonial Specifically The order for rites and forms in the Roman Catholic Church, or the book containing the rules prescribed to be observed on solemn occasions.
    • n ceremonial A prehistoric stone implement-supposed to have been used for ceremonial purposes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Colombia, if a Goajiro woman is successful in tripping a man during a ceremonial dance, he's required to have intercourse with her.
    • adj Ceremonial relating to ceremony
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Ceremony is the smoke of friendship.”
  • William Butler Yeats
    “Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route”
  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. caerimonialis,: cf. F. cérimonial,. See Ceremony
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. cærimonia, sanctity.


In literature:

His sword blade was waved aloft; his bawl rudely interrupted the ceremony.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
The ceremonial is as follows.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
It is of this latter luxury that we are now assembled to partake, and that with all fitting ceremony and observance.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The marriage ceremony between Eugene and Angela was solemnized at Buffalo on November second.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
About thirty minutes covered the simple ceremony.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The ancient ceremony of betrothing seems still to have been in full use in Shakespeare's day.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Many ancient customs survive, such as the giving of a dowry and the bathing of the bride before the wedding ceremony.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
Though there were priests appointed to conduct the ceremonies of public worship, they were in no sense intermediaries.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
The marriage ceremony consisted of leading the bride from her father's house to that of the bridegroom.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
The ceremonial tea must not be confounded with the ordinary serving of tea for refreshment.
"Japanese Girls and Women" by Alice Mabel Bacon

In poetry:

Hollow creed and ceremonial,
Whence the ancient life hath fled,
Idle faith unknown to action,
Dull and cold and dead.
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
(Aloud with much ceremony)
Chivalry is an ingredient
Sadly lacking in our land;
Sir, I am your most obedient,
Most obedient to command!
"The Sorcerer: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
At the wedding ceremony
the two sisters came to curry favor
and the white dove pecked their eyes out.
Two hollow spots were left
like soup spoons.
"Cinderella" by Anne Sexton
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
``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

In news:

ERIC CONOVER/Staff Photographer A ground-breaking ceremony was held Monday for the Black Diamond section of the D&L Trail off Middleburg Road near White Haven.
Crystal was called racist after the comedian revisited his "Saturday Night Live" bit portraying the iconic singer during the ceremony's opening montage.
The ceremony and speakers were great.
Induction ceremonies during 64th annual Salute to the Champions dinner.
The ceremony started with the dedication of a new set of bleachers made possible by memorial gifts given by the Bud Luplow and Nuke Rodgers Families and a generous donation by the Mussell Family.
It may even be time for us, the American cousins and former colonials, to embrace all things English, as we are wont to do when royal ceremonials break out across the pond.
Young & Blissful Salon had its ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.
Rabbi Majesky presided over an extra-special naming ceremony, one on behalf of his third daughter, just 5 days old, as she blissfully slept in her mother's arms during the entire service.
The city of Caraway received a $27,000 Rural Services Block Grant last month during a special awards ceremony held in the Old Supreme Court Room at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.
The couple married Saturday, May 19th, 2012 with a ceremony at the Edgewater Beach Condominiums in Miramar Beach, Florida.
Kennedy and Lyndon B Johnson at the ground-breaking ceremony for the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, December 1964.
Local gallery Bluebird Imaging had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday evening.
A bluefin tuna has netted $736,000 in Tokyo's ceremonial first fish auction of 2012.
The most important and impressive boarding school graduation ceremony in the country took place Saturday in Anacostia, one of Washington, D.C.'s lousiest neighborhoods.
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Reclusive chess genius Bobby Fischer was buried Monday in a private ceremony at a churchyard in southern Iceland, a television station reported.

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