ceremonial

[ser-uh-moh-nee-uhl]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining 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.
a.
the order for rites and ceremonies.
b.
a book containing it.
5.
formal behavior found at, or appropriate to, a certain occasion: the ceremonial of a state banquet.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin cēremōniālis, Late Latin caerimōniālis. See ceremony, -al1

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

ceremonial, ceremonious.


1. solemn, conventional, ceremonious. 3. ritual, liturgy.


1. informal.
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ceremonial (ˌsɛrɪˈməʊnɪəl)
 
adj
1.  involving or relating to ceremony or ritual
 
n
2.  the observance of formality, esp in etiquette
3.  a plan for formal observances on a particular occasion; ritual
4.  Christianity
 a.  the prescribed order of rites and ceremonies
 b.  a book containing this
 
cere'monialism
 
n
 
cere'monialist
 
n
 
cere'monially
 
adv

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ceremonial
1380s, from L. cærimonialis (3c.), from cærimonia (see ceremony).
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ceremonial

the performance of ceremonial acts prescribed by tradition or by sacerdotal decree. Ritual is a specific, observable mode of behaviour exhibited by all known societies. It is thus possible to view ritual as a way of defining or describing humans.

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Example sentences
The exhibit features everything from traditional regalia to ceremonial drums to
  headdresses to contemporary artwork.
Bigamists respect marriage, or they would not go through the highly ceremonial
  and even ritualistic formality of bigamy.
He devoted much time and attention to the ceremonial details of his princely
  office.
From that time the owner must be careful to avoid ceremonial impurity.
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