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ceremony

[ser-uh-moh-nee] /ˈsɛr əˌmoʊ ni/
noun, plural ceremonies.
1.
the formal activities conducted on some solemn or important public or state occasion:
the coronation ceremony.
2.
a formal religious or sacred observance; a solemn rite:
a marriage ceremony.
3.
formal observances or gestures collectively; ceremonial observances:
The breathless messenger had no time for ceremony.
4.
any formal act or observance, especially a meaningless one:
His low bow was mere ceremony.
5.
a gesture or act of politeness or civility:
the ceremony of a handshake.
6.
strict adherence to conventional forms; formality:
to leave a room without ceremony.
Idioms
7.
stand on ceremony, to behave in a formal or ceremonious manner.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English ceremonie < Medieval Latin cēremōnia, Latin caerimōnia sacred rite; replacing Middle English cerymonye < Middle French cerimonie < Latin, as above
Related forms
preceremony, noun, plural preceremonies.
Synonyms
1, 2. Ceremony, rite, ritual refer to set observances and acts traditional in religious services or on public occasions. Ceremony applies to more or less formal dignified acts on religious or public occasions: a marriage ceremony; an inaugural ceremony. A rite is an established, prescribed, or customary form of religious or other solemn practice: the rite of baptism. Ritual refers to the form of conducting worship or to a code of ceremonies in general: Masonic rituals.
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British Dictionary definitions for ceremonies

ceremony

/ˈsɛrɪmənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
a formal act or ritual, often set by custom or tradition, performed in observation of an event or anniversary: a ceremony commemorating Shakespeare's birth
2.
a religious rite or series of rites
3.
a courteous gesture or act: the ceremony of toasting the Queen
4.
ceremonial observances or gestures collectively: the ceremony of a monarchy
5.
stand on ceremony, to insist on or act with excessive formality
6.
without ceremony, in a casual or informal manner
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin cēremōnia, from Latin caerimōnia what is sacred, a religious rite
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Word Origin and History for ceremonies

ceremony

n.

late 14c., cerymonye, from Old French ceremonie and directly from Medieval Latin ceremonia, from Latin caerimonia "holiness, sacredness; awe; reverent rite, sacred ceremony," an obscure word, possibly of Etruscan origin, or a reference to the ancient rites performed by the Etruscan pontiffs at Caere, near Rome. Introduced in English by Wyclif.

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