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ceremonial

[ser-uh-moh-nee-uh l] /ˌsɛr əˈmoʊ ni əl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by ceremony; formal; ritual:
a ceremonial occasion.
2.
used in or in connection with ceremonies:
ceremonial robes.
noun
3.
a system of ceremonies, rites, or formalities prescribed for or observed on any particular occasion; a rite.
4.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. the order for rites and ceremonies.
  2. a book containing it.
5.
formal behavior found at, or appropriate to, a certain occasion:
the ceremonial of a state banquet.
Origin of ceremonial
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin cēremōniālis, Late Latin caerimōniālis. See ceremony, -al1
Related forms
ceremonialism, noun
ceremonialist, noun
ceremonially, adverb
anticeremonial, adjective
anticeremonially, adverb
anticeremonialism, noun
anticeremonialist, noun, adjective
nonceremonial, adjective
nonceremonially, adverb
preceremonial, adjective
unceremonial, adjective
unceremonially, adverb
Can be confused
ceremonial, ceremonious.
Synonyms
1. solemn, conventional, ceremonious. 3. ritual, liturgy.
Antonyms
1. informal.
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ceremonial

/ˌsɛrɪˈməʊnɪəl/
adjective
1.
involving or relating to ceremony or ritual
noun
2.
the observance of formality, esp in etiquette
3.
a plan for formal observances on a particular occasion; ritual
4.
(Christianity)
  1. the prescribed order of rites and ceremonies
  2. a book containing this
Derived Forms
ceremonialism, noun
ceremonialist, noun
ceremonially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ceremonial
adj.

c.1400, "belonging to (religious) ritual," also as a noun, "a ceremonial practice," from Late Latin caerimonialis "pertaining to ceremony," from caerimonia (see ceremony). Related: Ceremonially.

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